Leaders and supporters of the revolution are aware that this is far from over, and that there may be leftover elements from the Mubarak regime that are in place to ‘guard and protect’ the ruling figures of the police state that was Egypt.
In a provocative oped dated February 21, 2011, Egyptian intellectual Mohamed Hassanein Heikal implied that there may be guidance coming from Sharm-el-Sheikh, where it has been reported that Mubarak is at times in a coma, and at others in good health and enjoying breakfast by the seaside. He indicated that there may be collusion going on between Mubarak and ‘external and regional’ factors in an attempt to take over the revolution.
He is not alone in this line of thinking, where Egyptian journalist Gamal Fahmi eyed with suspicion the excited claims and reactions of union workers following Mubarak’s resignation. Union workers have always been headed by Mubarak’s security services. He was quoted as saying: ‘Mubarak’s presence in Egypt made for an attractive environment for all the forces that took advantage of his power. A board of counter-command revolutionaries was set up in Sharm-el-Sheikh, with the help of external forces, headed by Israel.’
At the Al-Ahram Institute for Political and Strategic Studies, researcher Nabil Abdel Fattah said that ‘there is a genuine attempt to overthrow the revolution, merely by what has been achieved in order to be able to later retrieve what has been taken.’ Fattah adds that this is supported by Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, a friend of Mubarak, who has stubbornly rejected requests to change the entire government, and refused to freeze Mubarak’s assets.
Another Al-Ahram researcher, Imad Jad, concurs with Fattah, who criticized the sudden appearance of Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi delivering a sermon at last Friday’s ‘Day of Victory’, after being in Qatar in exile for thirty years. To both men, the scene was too reminiscent of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran; they see it as a ploy to introduce an ‘influential’ Muslim Brotherhood figure, and then giving the outside world the choice between Mubarak or the MB.
There is also the case of the military’s persistence in wanting to transfer power to a civilian government in six months, which is an insufficient period to achieve the goals of the revolution.
According to one of the young leaders of the revolution, Shadi Ghazali Harb, the sole achievement of the revolution so far has been the fall of Mubarak. All other symbols of the old regime are still in power. He did say however that the revolution would continue until all of its demands are met. There is another rally planned for next Tuesday.
The demands include:
- the resignation of the current government
- the elimination of the state of emergency
- the release of all prisoners
- the formation of a presidential council consisting of civilians and judges known for their honesty
- the trial of all media men who were incited to kill the revolutionaries.
- the dissolution of the service state security
- the restructuring of the Ministry of Interior
- the dissolution of Mubarak’s national party and forfeiture of all seats
- the recovery of all property looted from Egypt
There is still an awful lot of work to do.