by Michael Hayworth, Crisis Coordinator
Now is the real revolution according to Mohammed Aitman, an Egyptian activist helping at an aid station near Tahrir Square, Cairo.
I remember looking on at the events that unfolded after Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, igniting the Arab Spring protests, and feeling inspired by Twitter updates announcing the taking of squares, streets and finally freedom.
It is with similar alacrity that I have been pushing Twitter’s refresh button since protests erupted in Tahrir Square on Sunday.
For those of you on Twitter @cairowire has provided constant updates on the use of force by a military that promised to perform a ‘leading role in protecting protesters regardless of their views’ on their Facebook page in March.
Unfortunately the hypocrisy didn’t start or end there for this wayward post-revolutionary regime.
Like so many of you I expected change; I expected that when millions of people took to the streets, refused to leave in the face of overwhelming repression, and finally toppled the decades of oppression caused by the Mubarak regime that this change must stick.
I was wrong.
The accession to power by the military government in the ‘new’ Egypt has simply expanded the abuses perpetrated against the Egyptian people. In a new report, Amnesty has condemned the military regime for failing to keep its promises on human rights.
Earlier this week I did a quick media grab interview on The Wire and I found myself hard pressed to get out all of the new regime’s failures, so I will try again here:
Expanding the emergency power - the military expanded the emergency power instituted by Mubarak, making the military more powerful than under the previous regime.
Over 12,000 military trials - the military has tried over 12,000 civilians, including prominent bloggers Maikel Nabil Sanad and Alaa Abdel-Fattah, in military tribunals that breach international standards.
These abuses fly in the face of SCAF’s Constitutional Declaration that promised freedom of expression, association and assembly amongst other freedoms and rights.
I take so much hope from Egyptians who are currently standing in Tahrir Square demanding freedom for a second time, despite the somewhat harsher repression.
If you want to show solidarity with those demanding freedom, you can email the leader of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to protect protesters.