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Hossam el-Hamalawy on the Prospects in Egypt

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Central Security Forces truck destroyed by protesters in downtown Cairo (photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy).

My good friend and comrade in the struggle, Hossam, was recently interviewed on the Washington Post website.  Here is a snippet of what his take on the current revolutionary atmosphere in Egypt:

I don’t see any of the current opposition groups capable of providing an alternative at the moment. And what I hope for is that we end up with direct democracy, not liberal democracy. Direct democracy is based on collective decision-making from below based on the committees that are springing up now in the neighborhoods and hopefully soon in the factories.

Liberal democracy is voting for rich fat cats once every five years.

The revolution for me is about radical redistribution of wealth and a government that will represent the will of the Egyptian people when it comes to civil liberties in addition to a pro-resistance stand vis a vis the U.S. hegemony on the region and Israel. ElBaradei is not the man for that.


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