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Talking Box by Ziad Akl

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Ziad Akl

Ziad Akl

So the ridiculous bipolarity continues; the army-Muslim Brotherhood conflict still very much shapes the perceptions of Egyptians. But what’s been happening this last week is beyond ridiculous, beyond inhuman and beyond sad. Suddenly, all standing political actors stopped representing humanity. Both the army and the Brotherhood are locked in a hatred-fuelled circle that springs out nothing but violence and counter-violence.

The Brotherhood used the Rabaa stage to spread all forms of hatred. Their leaders have clearly stated more than once the Brotherhood’s connection to what’s going on in Sinai, and how the violence will stop when Morsi is back. Morsi never represented me and his Brotherhood never convinced either with their democratic intentions or their peaceful behaviour.

Meanwhile, the army goes around killing people, as the police throw tear gas bombs in the back of a truck full of people (even if they were prisoners, it still doesn’t justify suffocating them) and as you find people cheering for the death of others or simply being so inconsiderate of it, you realise that humanity in this country is thinning day after day.

I declare that I am one of those who no longer relate to this ongoing violence, who are not represented by any of the actors involved. Yes, the Brotherhood does not represent me with all its power-hungry violent discourse. The army does not represent me either, since the moment it started to treat human life recklessly.

Unfortunately, what’s going on, although so sad, will not be the end of it. It is not the end of the army-Brotherhood confrontation, and it’s also not the end of feeling estranged in the middle of what’s going on in society.

About the author

Ziad A. Akl

Ziad A. Akl

Ziad A. Akl is a political analyst and sociologist. He is a senior researcher at the Egyptian Studies Unit in Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.


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