A Statement and a Road Map for Managing the Crisis
We confirm that the demonstrators in the squares of Egypt represent a broad sector of the Egyptian people. We declare our insistence on transferring power to a civilian authority (parliament and president) elected by April 2012 at the latest, and that any agreements or dialogues occurring between the military council and the political forces that exclude the participation of the revolutionary forces are null and void.
Similarly, we confirm that despite our complete rejection of Field Marshall Tantawi’s speech, we will continue to strive for the nation and its stability, and we seek to solve the nation’s crisis, exiting it and ensuring the country’s safety in the following ways:
First: The military council must respond to the will of the people by returning to its original task of defending national security, and by forming a national salvation government in which the president and his deputies act as part of a presidential council. This council would have complete authority to manage the transitional phase until power is transferred to an elected civilian government (a parliament and a presidency) by April 2012 at the latest.
Second: Court decisions that authorize the arrest of the killers and those who gave orders to open fire on and gas civilians, as well as all of the leaders in the military and police forces who were involved in these events, must be issued immediately. These individuals must then be brought to court, in order to immediately cease acts of violence and its escalation in confrontations with demonstrators in all Tahrir Squares on a republic-wide level. The Ministry of Interior must also be restructured, and its corrupt leaders expelled.
Third: A constitutional declaration authored by the National Salvation government that includes the dates for presidential elections and outlines the relations between the authorities must be issued. This declaration will also nullify the Shura Council.
Fourth: The governmental authorities must be outlined, and the following points seen to:
- Open an urgent investigation and present all those involved in shedding revolutionary blood before just judicial courts.
- Hold parliamentary and presidential elections and transfer executive and legislative authority in accordance with the agreed upon dates.
- Declare and execute a clear security plan to stop the chaos and armed thugs, without infringing on the freedom and dignity of the citizens. Also, restructure the Ministry of the Interior and purge it of its corrupt elements.
- Restructure the government media and purge it—as well as all other state institutions—of all corrupt elements.
- Declare short-term economic measures to revive the economy and implement mechanisms to control prices and monitor the markets.
- Determine a minimum and maximum wage and arrange the revolution’s budget so that the poor are the ones who benefit the most.
- Immediately cease the implementation of Emergency Law in courts and take all steps necessary to guarantee the freedoms of opinion and expression.
- Retry the civilians who were previously tried in military courts before civilian judges, and free all political prisoners. We confirm that our revolution continues, and that we will obligate the military council to carry out what we have proposed in this statement until a full transfer of power to an elected civilian government (parliament and president) takes place without tutelage from anyone on the previously agreed upon dates.
Long live a secure, free, and noble Egypt.
Forces of the revolution in the squares of Egypt, in addition to the following revolutionary forces (listed in alphabetical order): 6 April, The Democratic Front, The Union of National Forces, Youth Union of the Revolution, Youth Union of Maspiro, Union of Forces of the Revolution, Protect Your Voice, The Independence of Doctors, The Independence of Universities, Egyptian Coptic Coalition, The Free Islamic Coalition, General Coalition for the Revolution, The Democratic Civilian Alliance, Popular Accord, The Free Revolutionary, The Revolutionary Front to Protect the Egyptian Revolution, The Free Front for Peaceful Change, The Salafi Front, The New Republic, The Salafi Call for Passage, The Defense of the Legitimacy of the Revolution, The Popular Committees in Naja’ Hamadi, The Coordinative Committee, The Executive Council to Defend the Legitimacy of the Revolution, Coalition of Independent Academics, The Coalition of the Righteous Revolutionary, The Coalition of Farmers, The Coalition of Salafi Youth, The Coalition for Supporting the New Muslims, The Coalition of Youth of the Revolution, The Islamic Coalition of Egyptian Youth, The Alliance of Revolutionary Forces, Coalition of Movements for the Awareness of Egypt, The National Independence Current (Movement of the People), Revolutionaries of the Square in Suez, January Revolutionaries for Freedom and Resistance, The Second Revolution of Rage, The Revolution of Rage against the Military, 9-9 Front, The National Salvation Front, Front of the People’s Will, The Association of Our Dreams, Movement of the Egyptian Struggle, Movement of Unity, Youth Movement of the January 25 Revolution, Party of the Egyptian Current, Party of Freedom and Growth, The Party of Civilization, Party of Peace and Growth, Party of Virtue, Party of Promise, Government of the Shadow, The Association of Activists of the Revolution, Youth of the Square in al-Mansoura, Kifaya, We Are All Prisoners, Council of Trustees of the Revolution, Council of Trustees of the Revolution in Alexandria, Forum of the Delta, Institution of Republican Accord and a large number of independent revolutionaries
Acquired 25 November 2011
Translated by Brian Torro
Translation reviewed by Emily Drumsta