May 26, 2011

#May27

So tomorrow, May 27th, many liberals and progressives in Egypt have called for a day of large protest. Once again most Islamic movements are boycotting the protests as they continue to proove, that they and the former regime are two faces of the same coin. 

The non Islamists will attempt to refill Tahrir square with yet another million protestors to send a strong message to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) a strong worded message about the extreme dissatisfaction with the progress in Egypt. The list of tomorrows demands, as copied from "The Art of Chaos" is as follows:
a. End of military trials for civilians and re-trailing all that have already been trialed infront of a civil judge
b. Minimum AND Maximum wage in the government secotrs and a minimum one in private sectors too with a clear timeline
c. Compensate all revolution victims, whether injured or teh families of the martyers and treating all wounded on the state’s expence
d. Dissolution of local councils and review of the conservative movement
e. Purification media, ensuring independence, impartiality and transparency
f. THE RETURN OF POLICE FORCES TO THE STREETS IMMEDIATELY AND IN LARGE NUMBERS WITH FULL JUDICIAL SUPERVISION
Sandmonkey, one of Egypt's most prolific social media (and on the street) activists, has an excellent post on his blog on why people should go and join on Friday. He explains how the SCAF and transitional government have failed to meet the aspirations of not only the revolutionary youth but even the silent, slightly complacent, majority. He predominantly focuses on failures in both economic progress and over all security. 


Finally, today I saw Tunisia's excellent ad in the Financial Times, it just made me wonder where is Egypt's version of the same initiative. Where is our "Invest in democracy, Invest in the future" campaign?