Playing with State Security

So, the new constitutional ammendments (which, if you wanna know how much they mess things up for egyptians, I recommend you read this) are being tested in a public referendum tomorrow, one that the Opposition wants, as usual, to boycott. Sometimes they remind me of that kid that no one picks on their team to play with, so instead he claims to think that sports are stupid. Anyway…

So the government just declared that it won't allow or tolerate any demonstration against the constitutional ammendments, in order to stop those opposition people from "delaying, opposing and stalling the democratic process". I am not kidding, I am just not sure of they are not either!  Cause, you see, whenever I read things like that, I wonder if the people who write this stuff do it while laughing hysterically. They must. Seriously!

So, the demonstration is today. 6 pm in Tahrir square. The Police are expected to show up and try to run after, beat up and arrest anyone that moves in downtown. Given that this sounds like incredible fun, I am so going to that thing. I just won't bring my camera. Don't really want to get that smashed! Also, the opposition hopes- if they don't all get arrested- to have a sleep over in the middle of the square. So if you never spent the night sleeping on the pavement of one of Cairo's biggest Squares, well, this is your chance! 

So Cairenes, if you do not wanna participate in the fun, make sure to go home before 5:30, cause downtown will probably get shut down today for a couple of houres. But If you have nothing better to do, and feel like playing with state secuirty in downtown cairo, you know when and where to go. 6 PM. Tahrir Square. And remember, this state doesn't recognize your rights, so therefore it is your civic duty not to recognize it back.

May the fun begin. 

16 Comments on Playing with State Security

  1. Jeha
    March 25, 2007 at 11:04 am

    In Lebanon, we tell a joke on “democracy”; the word has greek roots, “demos”, the people, and “quaratos”, the government. I think those guys illustrate that.

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  2. Eric
    March 25, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Gosh, darn, it sounds like fun but I promised some friends that I’ld go to beach with them. Maybe next time.

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  3. Egyptian_Patriot
    March 25, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Now, i know it’s fashionable to blame Mubarak for everything, but I think sane Egyptians should cover their guns this time against Mubarak. The man is trying to undermine the Muslim Brotherhood. Perhaps beginning the turning point of Dictatorships in Egypt colluding and using the criminal islamist movements to get things done. While no one can deny that democracy is a far cry from the regime, we must understand the big picture. Democracy doesn’t come from government reforms only and it doesn’t happen overnight. Look at Iraq. The ‘opposition’ which is really the Muslim brotherhood doesn’t give a fuck about any of the amendments except the religion and politics bit. So perhaps you should not be so hasty at condemning this particular move by Mubarak.

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  4. Amgad
    March 25, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Egyptian_Patriot

    it seems that you have no idea about these amendments.

    the amendments would allow the president to dissolve parliament unilaterally and dispense with the need for judicial supervision elections.

    The amendment of Article 179 would pave the way for the introduction of a new anti-terrorism law that would undermine the principle of individual freedom [Article 41(1)], privacy of the home [Article 44] and privacy of correspondence, telephone calls and other communication [Article 45(2)]. The amendments would also grant the president the right to interfere in the judiciary by bypassing ordinary courts, including by referring people suspected of terrorism-related offences to military courts.

    i do not know till when will the peole chear the egyptian despot repression of egyptians.

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  5. Jennifer
    March 25, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    You’ve made a lot of jabs at “the Opposition” (so you’re not, in any way?)…while it’s gratifying to know that you’re smart enough to realize that boycotts and protests and sit-ins probably won’t accomplish their goals, I fail to understand why you take such interest in skewering the people who participate in them. Did you have something else in mind? I would definitely be interested in knowing what it is, and perhaps you could include that in another post.

    I myself am not in “the Opposition,” but I sympathize with their dilemma–not doing anything is certainly not a better option. But if you think it is, I’d be interested in knowing why.

    I’ve always been told that the difference between an average critic, and a good one, is that good ones won’t just tell you what’s wrong with something, they’ll give an idea of how they, at least, think you can fix it.

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  6. Tom
    March 25, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    as of 7pm there is a ton of plainclothes undercover police, a good number of riot police, and pretty much no protesters. Have the opposition movements boycotted their own protest as well?

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  7. p
    March 25, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    the blog thing was revolutionary about 2 years ago, you need to move on and put your ideas into action.

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  8. Egypeter
    March 25, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Egyptian Patriot – I agree with a lot of what you said. Right now, in 2007, there is no real “opposition” in Egypt…there is only the Muslim Brotherhood. All other “political parties” are a JOKE and have lost any relevance a long time ago. So for whoever reads anything about Egypt and they see the term “opposition” you can pretty much immediately substitute that for “Muslim Brotherhood.”

    So when I hear that the “opposition” is fuming and angry and wants to protest it does nothing more than bring a big smile to my face. There are, of course, a lot of other things in the amendments that stink, like Amgad pointed out but all of that is secondary to me. You know why? Because Egypt doesn’t stand a chance until the Muslim Brotherhood is completely vanquished and ceases to exist as a political OR social entity in Egypt. I hope and pray Muburak is successful in his campaign against those crazy-ass fanatics!

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  9. Milton
    March 25, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Yeah, I walked by Tahrir at about 7 tonight, and lots of cops, lots of onlookers, no protestors visible.

    I did hear that the demonstration may be tomorrow. I’ve been warned as a durn furner to stay clear of downtown, and one student journalist I spoke to claimed tomorrow would be the Egyptian “Bastille Day” and that Mubarak would respond by calling out the Army and declaring martial law. I think maybe folks are getting a little excitable.

    My prediction: no demonstrations and a whopping 99.9% yes vote for the referendum. Then all Mubarak needs are the names of the 0.1% …

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  10. Marfoun
    March 25, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I thought the demo was on monday 26th

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  11. forsoothsayer
    March 25, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    you cold bastards. people are being arrested and assaulted as we speak, some of whom i know.

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  12. ISIS
    March 25, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Can’t wait to read what SM will write about what happened today… It was all so horrible… The monkey was depressed after what happened… Yalla ya Monkey, tell the story, hope ur feeling better.

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  13. Jeha
    March 25, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    SandMonkey,

    Whatever you do, make sure you live to fight another day; Mubarak seat is secure for a while…

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  14. Jeha
    March 25, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    SandMonkey,

    Whatever you do, make sure you live to fight another day; Mubarak seat is secure for a while. He is no Bashar…

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  15. Egyptian_Patriot
    March 29, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Thank you Egypter for your feedback. I know the ammendmendts suck. I haven’t defended them. You guys are failing to see the big picture. These ammendendts are nothing but moves against the faggot muslim brotherhood. They’re not a death blow to what the bbc claims as the ‘remaining shreds of democracy’ in egypt. There’s NO democracy in egypt in the first place. So these ammendmendts have no real value except within the context of the dicatorship manouvering itself against the brotherhood of the faggots. So lets not hype things more than they are. This move by Mubarak is not a real threat to anyone. As far as i’m concerned the ammendmends are like taking a shit in an already overflowing tub of shit. It was never a tub of roses in the first place.

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