After the revolution of January 2011 has settled the conflict between the wings of the ruling regime in Egypt will the people be able to restore the initiative to complete their political revolution or the Security Council maintain the existing regime


When the people rose in January 2011, the ruling regime resorted to the army in order to protect itself from falling. Reversing the decision of raising the prices of some commodities, the cause beyond the revolution vanished. Whereas the sounds of tank treads forced the revolutionists in the streets to back home.

But the reasons led to the outbreak of the January revolution remained with high influence, in addition new reasons emerged in spite the tanks remained roaming in the streets in most of the cities in Egypt.

In 1977 and 2011, the regime resorted to the armed forces to save its pillars from collapsing; it succeeded in the first case and was able, after sacrificing with the regime’s head, to maintain its pillars steady in the second one.

As the ruling regime was not the president only, but also the regime’s symbols, organs, constitution, laws and institutions whether political, legislative or intellectual; in addition the people’s revolution raised the slogan of toppling the regime; the military council – representing the military wing in the existing regime- adopted as a result silence till the revolution undermined the political reputation of the wing of businessmen and Policy Committees in the ruling party and it scarified with a military president who sided in the recent years with  businessmen wing and who was preparing in the recent years to inherit the rule.

Briefly, the military council conservatively opened the way to overthrow a number of regime’s symbols including businessmen and ministers of policy committee; it also yielded to pressure over each other. The military council replaced some organs by other similar ones or that can continue their missions, introduced limited amendments to the existing constitution, allowed to overthrow a number of institutions such as the National Party , parliament, local councils, insisted on specific order and compressed time for the elections which likely would not make a clear difference in the balance of social and political forces, restricted the political exercise organizing the social forces usually deprived from exercising by criminalizing the rights of protesting and demonstrating, resorted to compulsion and military trials against workers, peasants and a lot of the poor as a way to prevent legitimate protests ; moreover, it equaled between the latter and the thugs. On contrary, the military council was soft, merciful and very slowly towards the trial of regime’s symbols and businessmen and revolutionists’ killers who are all tried in the civil courts.

What is more worthy mentioning firstly is that it has not revealed the secrets or controlled the black boxes of regime’s men or even restricted their moves in dealing with their assets upon the departure of regime’s head on February11,2011. Besides, it has not been decisive, as used to be, in keeping the archives of State Security, the Ministry of Interior, the ruling National Party, and the Presidency of the Republic. Its grip was weaker than the people expected.

In summary, people’s revolution in 2011 settled the conflict between the wings of the regime in favor of the military and it exempted the latter from the mission which seemed to be embarrassing. However; it did not cut off from the way to achieve the main objectives so little.

Additionally, the causes beyond the revolution are still in existence. Day after another we make sure that “good intentions” is the shortest path to failure and to hell, particularly because the people’s status has not changed a lot economically in particular; the dignity still lacked, the security missed and the intestines still empty. And hunger drives the people to search for effective solutions by getting out to the streets.

Men belonging to the defeated regime are actively creating seditions, undermining the reclaiming policies, setting fire, launching rumors; such actions that have to be prevented immediately.

Armies of thugs that act corruptly and make mischief; whether guided by other people or by their nature, spreading horror among people.

Cadres, many leaders and police officers belonging to the ministry of interior are supporting such situation in a very professionally and wisely way. On the other hand, others ,used to be called opposition, are still in their folkloric struggle, usual altercation, drowning up to their ears in the streets, leaving the Quarter for an alternative dating back to the Middle Ages; planning, coloring, mobilizing, beautifying, motivating and licking lips.

Will the people who launched and participated in the revolution pay attention to this image and attempt to grap and restore the real track of the revolution?


Bsheer Sakr

Agrarian Reform Peasants Solidarity Committee – Egypt

Written in July 5, 2011