The Great People of Egypt
The people of Egypt did not undertake their great revolution—for which they sacrificed copious amounts of blood and the dearest of martyrs—in order to simply exchange one tyrant with another. Rather, they did it in order to breathe the sweet smell of freedom, taste the nectar of honor, and bring to fruition their right to decent living and a good, prosperous life.
If today those who are supported by the people as protectors of the revolution, those who are appreciated for their role in the success of the revolution, and those who understood for the pressures and obstacles that they face, were to come to power, only to hijack the people’s revolution, intentionally circumvent the revolution’s goals, and empty it of its meaning and purpose, there would be no choice but to take a decisive and forbidding stance. There would be no choice but to make them return to their senses and realize their role and the burden of this trusteeship, or surrender the responsibility to someone who represents and pleases the people.
We have evidence that makes us doubt the gentlemen residing over the matters of this country, in terms of their loyalty to the revolution and to the people. For none of the following acts satisfy the aspirations of the people: their sluggishness in sending the heads of the previous regime to trial, leaving them at large to wreak havoc and corrupt the land; their use of torture, beating, and thugs similar to that of the former regime; the implementation of martial laws against peaceful protesters, laws which are in and of themselves an insult to the revolution – such as the laws which make it a crime to stage protests, sit-ins, and strikes, and laws which grant amnesty in exchange for money – and finally a constitutional declaration. The list goes on.
So the question is: how can we trust in an authority that claims belief in the revolution, then lets the corrupt go or tries them before a civil court, whereas protesters are tried in martial court? How can we trust in an authority which makes it a crime to host protests, sit-ins and strikes that hinder business, when the revolution itself was staged upon this basis? This leads one to question what types of strikes are allowed under this authority. How can we trust in a power that aids with an amnesty law those who stole and looted the sustenance of the Egyptian people? “For if anyone of high rank committed theft among them, they spared him; and if anyone of low rank committed theft, they inflicted capital punishment upon him.” So if you want to steal, steal billions, for if you steal pennies you will go to jail, whereas with billions, you can buy your freedom and escape punishment.
Therefore, out of our belief in the revolution and the interests of the people, we demand the following:
- The formation of a presidential council to immediately receive power, composed of five agreed-upon individuals who represent all political trends.
- The formation of a national committee to draft a new constitution suitable for our revolution, around which there can be discourse, and which can be voted upon within one year.
- The immediate detention of each of the heads of the previous regime and all of its men, in every influential establishment, or putting them at the mercy of both a mandatory residence in Egypt, and a surveillance of all their lines of communication to thwart their criminal plans against this country, as well as speeding up the trials of the corrupt among them.
- Stripping the political rights of previous members of the National Democratic Party and all of the former regime’s men for at least five years, to protect the nascent revolution from their conspiracies against it, and to prevent their return to ruin political life once again.
- To not put into effect any laws forbidding strikes, granting amnesty in exchange for money, the shameful party law, or any other laws until the presidential council has been formed.
- The annulment of all martial laws against the rights of protesters, bloggers and the like.
Sons of our great people, we address the spirit of honor and love of country and the blood of its martyrs in each one of you: let us continue in this revolution until it reaches its end. For the government will either submit to the will of the people, far from any internal pressures, interests, or commitments, and far from foreign dictates, or let the revolution continue until the government becomes the true and valid government of the people.
The Union of Egyptian Socialist Youth
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Acquired 8 April 2011
Translated by Tara Hess
Translation reviewed by Elias Saba