What’s changed since the revolution?

Liberal activist Mahmoud Salem explains

 

What changed in the revolution is that the party in power has been replaced by the forbidden opposition. And the forbidden opposition bacme the party of power and tried to make the ex-party of power the forbidden opposition. That is what’s happened, so far.

Q: How has your life changed, if at all?

A: I’m a Sunni Muslim male. I run this country. I have no problems. Okay? My life will not be affected. It’s the women who are walking down the street and getting sexually harassed. They’re the ones who are suffering. It’s the Christians who daily deal with the ideas that anyone could file against them a lawsuit of disdain for religion who are getting affected, or are getting immigrated or attacked. Or the Christian women who probably get it worse of them all on the street. But no, personally affected, I’m good.  I’m fantastic. I’ll be fine because Sunni Muslim males run this country and they run the Middle East. But that’s not going to happen for everybody else.

Q: Tell me again how Egypt has changed since the revolution.

A: It hasn’t.

Q: Just the parties have switched.

A: Yeah. Mostly. If we’re talking essential change, then yes. Symbolic change? There are other things.  For example, an armed population that is not afraid of confrontation with the government. We have that now. However we still have a government that doesn’t care about the problems of women.  We still have an intelligentsia and opposition figures who can’t find their own butts with a flashlight. And we still have a political situation that very much looks like something out of Monty Python.




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