2.05.2011

CHAOS IN THE LAND OF PHARAOS

I bet the news is inevitable to hear, that the country I live in and the other Arabs, are currently facing their major modern political issues. You see, the President of Egypt, Husni Mubarak, has been ruling his democratic country for three point two decades. Looks more like an authoritarian country to me. So in consequence, since the 25th of January, his people had been creating a huge demonstration demanding his ouster, reconstruction of the government and changes of law. Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested everyday, particularly at this busy area called Tahrir Square. I tell you, it was chaos.

There were bad people who took advantage of the situation by stealing and robbing public and personal properties, including banks, malls, cars, etc. What's worse, when they were caught by the army one by one (the government didn't send polices on duties at that time, the condition was extremely critical because dozens of the polices were already attacked in the demonstration process, and apparently the culprits weren't even afraid of facing them anymore) and put to jail, thousands of them had managed to escape and spread among the city. Cairo was totally insecure at that moment, the government warned the citizens not to stroll in the streets starting from 3 PM. It was sort of like Zombieland. You know, where the zombies come out at night and eat whoever's wandering around.

Anyways, the Egyptian armies managed to detain 3000 out of the total fugitives. Thanks to the scattering helicopters and tanks of the military service. The robberies and theft rarely occurred after that. But the revolution still went on, despite Mubarak's continuous persuasive speeches declaring numerous reasons of why he still had to stick to his presidential position.

Many Egyptians were affected by Mubarak's speeches, because honestly, they were really convincing and quite logical. So, these people, who are called "Pro Mubarak" stood up for their president by confronting face to face with the "Anti Mubarak" (people who demanded his ousting) in Tahrir Square. The battle left bloodsheds everywhere. Lots of people died and the area was polluted with smokes, resulting from the fires they've made, and stones of which they'd used as a weapon. Hundreds of ambulances picked up the seriously injured protesters and armies tried to settle the riot until it was finally over.

According to the assumptions of my Egyptian mates, the escape of thousands of prisoners' scene and the dramatic show of "Pro & Anti Mubarak" was just a legitimate theater arranged by the government as to distract the protesters and maintain security. It was obvious that the political strategy didn't work the way they'd planned.
But actually, it was true that the situation in the city wasn't safe at all. Because when I was staying up late using my days off from school to its full potential, I heard a gunshot twice and I panicked (give a break for someone who heard a gunshot for the first time in her life, okay?), so I ran off to the balcony and saw a bunch of familiar men -who were also residents in my neighborhood- carrying tools (mainly baseball bats), and they were quarreling while snagging two or three strangers, I couldn't be sure, whom weren't around the neck of the woods. It turned out that the snatched bastards were thieves.

Eventually, after 18 days of demanding Mubarak to step down, he has finally announced his resignation on the eleventh February, and handed over the power to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, who is a 75 year-old hard-faced bloke. And that was how the authoritarian regime ended.

Of course the Egyptians celebrated this incredible political momentum, which had drastically changed the political history of Egypt.

I went to Tahrir Square to witness the spot of the revolution itself, but I came two days late. So, when I'd arrived, the place was already in an early process of cleaning. But there were still a lot of army tanks and armies themselves, whom unfortunately refused our request of taking a photo together.

There were also posters of people who died in the middle of the revolution, and below their pictures there were written brief stories, as a sign of honor and gratitude. They are now considered as national heroes, of course, known as "Al-Syuhada", which the citizens had "immortalized" it by naming a metro station after it.

What amazed me and most other foreigners who followed the updates of this event was that the Egyptians, unlike any other countries rarely did, cleaned the mess they made in Tahrir Square. They swept the floors, painted the pavements, planted trees and stuff, and other things. Somehow, it proved how seriously they took this matter of their country, and how high the sense of patriotism they had.

Really, as a foreigner witnessing this whole event, is a once in a lifetime experience.