By Eman Quisay
As Egyptians, we were very proud of our ability to get Mubarak into a civilian court after his ouster as opposed to a revolutionary court. This pride, however, was short lived. Mubarak was found not guilty. Not guilty of killing more than 800 people during the 25th of January revolution. Not guilty of massive scale corruption. Not guilty of selling off the Egyptian natural gas to Israel at subpar prices. What is even worse is that he isn’t only ‘not guilty’ he has been acquitted which means he cannot be tried on these charges anymore and could actually sue the government for defamation. The reason for this is simple; the prosecution did not build a case at all. You could almost not fault the judge as he only heard a legitimate argument from the defense. When we were out on the streets in 2011 we had high hopes that when Mubarak steps down we would get to try him and hopefully get some justice for those who he has killed and the corruption that plagued Egyptian society and government, however as the situation progressed, it became obvious that the system was rigged in his favor. When Mubarak stepped down and handed the power over to the army, people were happy because it was the army that refused to shoot at us however most of these people forget how it was the army that propped Mubarak up for so long. This leads me to conclude that our revolution was always doomed to end this way; we were let to believe that Egypt could finally escape from the clutches of dictators and tyrants however that isn’t the case. Mubarak came to power on the heels of Sadat’s assassination, mass jailing of his opposition and declared a state of emergency and now Sisi has begun his reign with declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a massacre, the suspension of the freedoms we gained after the revolution, and the return of military courts for civilians.
The worst thing about all of this is that many people are okay with it. Many Egyptians don’t think it is a big deal that Mubarak was acquitted and some even said that they were glad it happened, as he is far too old to be in jail. Why is the response so meek? Why aren’t Egyptians chanting ‘down with military rule’, again? The answer is they are but no one hears about it. You can’t see that the Egyptian youth is becoming even more active and everyone is starting to become aware of what is happening around them, you don’t see media coverage of the university protests that saw so many young people die or arrested.
Mubarak’s acquittal is only the latest incident in a string of injustices that the Egyptian public is subjected to. The sentencing of 185 people today to death is a perfect example of the disparity in the Egyptian judicial system. It has always worked for the government as opposed to working for justice. Will this lead to a protest? Will this lead to revolution? Will this revolution be an armed resistance or another series of peaceful protests? We cannot guarantee anything at the moment however the best thing to be done is the Egyptian people to move past their differences in ideology and unite, seculars, communists, Muslim Brotherhood and the so-called third party.
Mubarak being acquitted is a ridiculous display of the flawed judicial system that only benefits the rich and powerful. So my response to this is revolution, an even bigger revolution with more power and without division. Lets go recapture the unity that we had in the 25th of January revolution, lets occupy squares all around Egypt and call for the military to take its claws out of the carcass of the Egyptian government and economy, call for the return of the citizens of Sinai back to their homes, call for justice for those 846 that died in Tahrir and the more than 1000 that died in Rabaa, call for the cleansing of our justice system that sentenced more that 500 people to death in only 2 mass trials. Mubarak got acquitted of crimes because of lack of evidence however all the court had to do is look at the faces of the families of these martyrs, the shreds of the Egyptian government that is marred with so much corruption, and look at its own state and realize that the evidence they need of corruption is the court itself.
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