If you were to believe the supreme council of the armed forces (SCAF) and a great many of those who have not been talking to revolutionaries and watching too much state television, it is very much over. We have entered a new phase of democratic transition. Here is what they say has been achieved:
Hence presenting the false dichotomy of the politics in direct opposition to the protests, and favoring the former for the sake of stability will not sell amongst the protesters.
What about the "backlash" against the protests?
SCAF has tightened its grip on the media. We now have a a minster of information (disinformation) whose sole purpose is mobilize state media to present SCAF message. That message has been one of fear and panic. Fear about the economy and stability, and panic that there are some dark foreign forces that are now meddling in our affairs.
|SCAF hypnotizing the populace into believing that revolutionaries are traitors (by Carlos Latuff).|
Recently SCAF has accused the April 6 Youth movement that they are being funded by foreign and nefarious powers. The movement has played key role in keeping the uprising non-violent and is the largest secular block of all the organized movements with the revolution. SCAF seems however to maintain a very good relationship with the Islamist. Speculation has been rife in the ranks of Tahrir protesters the Islamist must have cut a sweet deal with SCAF. The accusation has been made without evidence. Recently in an TV interview with a SCAF representative, the talk show host started to ask few hard questions with regards to evidence. The SCAF man was clearly unconformable with her "audacious" grilling. She lost her job
as a result.
|Talk show host Dina Abdel Rahman fired for questioning SCAF (by Carlos Latuff).|
A few days ago protester were met by a violent "backlash" on their peaceful march to the ministry of defense to press forth their demands. Such a backlash came primarily as the result of SCAF or its agents spreading rumors the the protesters were on their way to burn down the ministry of defense
and start up a fight with army. It is telling a few hours prior to the march that Major General Hassan Al-Ruweiny we on TV hurling further accusations at the April 6 movement and condemning the march as the work of saboteurs who care nothing for the greater good of Egypt
. He also said there could be many how are innocent amongst the marchers who are victims of "disinformation". Interestingly he bragged about how used to manipulate the protesters in Tahrir during the first 18 days of the revolution by spreading rumors. One can only wonder if he was behind the rumors in Abbaseya where the clash happened.
But what do the protesters want?
There are a number of demands and concerns
, but the most pressing concern has to do with the families of the martyrs of the revolution and the injured. The families have been subject to threats and pressure from the Police to drop their charges levied against their killers. They have been offered blood money, and if they refuse they were subject unbearable harassment. Similar pressure was also applied to those who were injured during the revolution.