Tahrir Square teaches me a lot these days …

.. I wish more friends from Europe and US were here to support these proud people. They need it. And above all they deserve it!

What Tahrir Square (as a symbol for the entire country of Egypt) is teaching me these days is:

  • Why elections right now doesn’t make any sense at all, they simply would strengthen SCAF
  • Western governments still haven’t learnt how to handle the uprises in the Arab world – the are still supporting SCAF and they are lusting for elections! They still rely on systems they know …
  • Transition needs time. Just think about how long it took to re-unite East and West after the fall of the Berlin Wall (in peace). It took them decades to stand up against Mubarak, give them time and let them grow!
  • Building something new from the scratch can’t be done in a week, not even in a year. So build and support structures in which this new system can emerge! Think differently from what we’ve done in the past.
  • Let the people participate. Right from the beginning. It’s their country and they aren’t walking blind.
  • If Egypt will succeed, sooner or later the entire Arab world will follow.

    I’ve picked 2 picts from a serie of Egypt Protest photos, published on Cryptome.

    pray zone

    war zone

People aren’t walking blind …

Last night Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla spoke to Al Jazeera English from Tahrir Square. This interview is so important and impressive because of quite a few reasons:

  • WE are facing the opportunity to rebuild this counry from the ground up WITHOUT the army imposing itsself upon us and killing, arresting and torturing people and wanting to be above all of us.
  • SCAF has no future in Egyptian government.
  • The pressure here is NOT coming from government but from the situation SCAF has created in the last 9 month.
  • WE have many alternatives for this important transition phase (names a couple …)
  • People know completely what they want … they want to see SCAF step down
  • People aren’t walking blind.
  • Elections NOW are a recognition of SCAF authority – this is why I am and many others are not going to vote! (A friend of mine told me these days “elections right now would be INHUMAN!)