The Revolution Taking Place in Egypt

The state of revolution in Egypt is not slowing down by any means.  The principles   of democracy have been spreading like wild fire.  As you may have already seen on the news, protesters have been occupying Cairo’s TahrirSquare fighting for economic fairness and proper political representation since the 25th of January 2011.  Although this resistance aimed to be non-violent, there has been several conflicts between the Egyptian military and the protesters with approximately 846 people being killed and 6,000 injured.  These courageous Egyptian citizens succeeded only on a small scale with the ousting of President Mubarak who was hoarding wealth and not caring for his people.  The sad fact of the matter is that even though the old regime is gone in Egypt, the new military-minded one isn’t that much better or more fair to the people.  The filmmaker of Back to the Square, PetrLom, genuinely feels for the revolution that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.  He states,

“I am always interested in stories of injustice and what has been happening in Egypt over this past year has been enough to both break my heart — when hearing about the countless stories of people being abused by the State — and at the same time, it has also been tremendously inspiring to witness such extraordinary courage by so many people willing to speak out about injustice.“

Mark Nabil, who is featured in Lom’s film, was arrested in Egypt for publically bashing the immorality of the army’s presence.  He states in an interview,

“Of course it [revolution] started from idealism. We didn’t want to get rid of just Mubarak, but the entire corrupt system that robbed the country for about 30 years. He kept reappointing himself and was about to hand over power to his son. The people wanted to get rid of that entire system. Many Egyptians live in abject poverty, thanks to that system. The revolution started in the hope of getting rid of that.  It’s hard to give a timeline of how long it will take to accomplish our goals. When we first started demonstrating in Tahrir Square, other Egyptians didn’t realize we were against the regime, because the TV channels were not reporting truthfully on the protest movement, depicting us in a very bad light. They said we were trying to destroy the country. Only now are the majority of Egyptians starting to understand why we were protesting against the regime.”


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