By H.A. Hellyer
Amid the turbulence of the 2011 Arab uprisings, the progressive rebellion that performed out in Cairo's Tahrir sq. created excessive expectancies earlier than rushing the hopes of its contributors. The upheaval ended in a series of occasions in Egypt that scarcely an individual may have estimated, and invaluable few have understood: 5 years on, the prestige of Egypt's unfinished revolution is still shrouded in confusion. strength shifted fingers speedily, first from protesters to the military management, then to the politicians of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which again to the military. The politics of the road has given strategy to the politics of Islamist-military détentes and the undoing of the democratic test. in the meantime, a burgeoning Islamist insurgency occupies the military in Sinai and compounds the nation's experience of uncertainty.
A Revolution Undone blends research and narrative, charting Egypt's trip from Tahrir to Sisi from the viewpoint of an writer and analyst who lived all of it. H.A. Hellyer brings his first-hand adventure to undergo in his review of Egypt's scan with protest and democracy. And by way of scrutinizing Egyptian society and public opinion, Islamism and Islam, the army and executive, in addition to the West's response to occasions, Hellyer presents a much-needed appraisal of Egypt's destiny prospects.
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The protesters aimed to decry police brutality; they insisted on the resignation of the interior minister, the repealing of the emergency law and the institution of term limits for the president. In retrospect, the demands were hardly revolutionary—but in the Egypt that existed on 24 January they were certainly radical. The fulfilment of just one of those demands would have been hugely significant. Indeed, Mubarak might have saved his presidency very easily and quickly. Instead, he resisted—and an earthquake took place.
This was something unusual in the area I helped defend, where the gap between rich and poor is wide. But on these nights, class standing disappeared—if only temporarily. It just wasn’t relevant anymore. This was one of the key reasons why I embraced the uprising. â•… There were those who worried about stability and the safety of their families, and who would never have supported an uprising for those same reasons. But when reports arrived of how the government was responding, the unifying feeling was one of revulsion.
8 â•… As I drew closer to the checkpoints—there were several of them on the edge of Tahrir, near the entrance to the Arab League, but on the Mugamma side—I was stopped, and asked for identification. I had my British passport—the only passport I ever had—and showed it to the gentleman. And yes, I thought of him as an incredibly dignified gentleman because he behaved with such cordiality and generosity of spirit. He searched me and patted me down but he was just so utterly apologetic as he did it.