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“We will not ally with the Brotherhood or the Army”: The Way of the Revolution Front

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The Way of the Revolution Front held a press conference on Tuesday to announce its establishment

Founding members of the “Thawwar” Front, from left, Wael Gamal, Bosna Al-Husseiny, Wessam Atta, Haitham Mohamadein and Said Omar, held a press conference on Tuesday. (Photo By Aaron T. Rose / DNE)

Founding members of the “Thawwar” Front, from left, Wael Gamal, Basma Al-Husseiny, Wessam Atta, Haitham Mohamadein and Saud Omar, held a press conference on Tuesday.
(Photo By Aaron T. Rose / DNE)

The Way of the Revolution Front (Thuwwar-Revolutionists) held a press conference on Tuesday to announce its establishment at the Traders Syndicate. The front aims to “recover the revolution, put a stop to the counter-revolution by resisting the suppressive military authority and the violent, sectarian Muslim Brotherhood,” according to the front’s  launching statement.

The statement also read: “Conflicts between the transitional authorities and pro-ousted president [Mohamed Morsi] supporters opened the way once again for the return of a suppressive state.”

Economics journalist Wael Gamal, who is a founding member of the Thuwwar Front, said: “[It] is not a front to issue statements, but to work to accomplish the goals of [the] 25 January Revolution.”

Prominent political activist, Alaa Abd El Fattah, said that similar fronts founded on the same basis were “found as a quick response for a timely issue, unlike this front, which will work on long-term projects.” He also added that the front is “an area of political discussions and arguments, because the members of the front are individuals affiliated to entities, not entities by themselves.”

Activist and novelist Ahdaf Soueif affirmed the same point, saying that the entities are not under the front’s umbrella, but reserve a “flexible affiliation, while retaining their autonomy, and gaining an added value by being in the front.”

When asked whether the ultimate goal of the front is inciting a revolutionary movement or pushing the government to reform, Soueif said that the both will happen simultaneously: “The decentralism of the front will incite both paths, some members will decide that a grassroots movement to incite revolution is the right path, while other members will decide that pushing the government to reform is the suitable path.”

Revolutionary Socialists member, Haitham Mohamedein, who is also a founding member of the front, presented the front’s first document “The Egyptian People’s rights,” which is a document aimed at guaranteeing equality in the rights and duties of all citizens and the importance of considering the rights of “the marginalized groups in society.” The document included procedures to guarantee the people’s rights in decent living, health, education, work, banning torture, just trials, personal freedoms, freedom of speech and expression, freedom to information and political participation. The document is one of three campaigns the front will issue shortly: one regarding social and economic rights and the other is entitled “Don’t borrow money in our [the Egyptian people's] name.” Mohamadein was recently accused by the Suez prosecutor general’s office on Saturday of belonging to a secret organisation that is “inciting to empower a particular social class and attempts at changing the state’s social systems.” He was later released.

6 April Youth Movement co-founder Ahmed Maher, said that the front will communicate with the constituent assembly on the basis of the 25 January revolution goals, adding that talking about the front’s plans regarding presidential and parliamentary elections “is too early.”

Gamal denied that the Thuwwar front has any affiliation with the Brotherhood, saying that the front is originally anti-Brotherhood because they “betrayed the revolution [when] in power,” affirming that there is no place for the Brotherhood in the front. Founding member Aly Fekry added that there is a place for the Brotherhood youth, who dismissed the Brotherhood’s rule.

Political activist, Khaled Abdel Hamid, made clear the front’s position regarding the Army and the Brotherhood: “The Military authority and the Brotherhood are the two wings of [the] counter-revolution; we will not ally with Army against the Brotherhood, and we will not ally with the Brotherhood against the Army.”

Commenting on the expected accusations that the front is a “fifth column” or infiltrators for the Brotherhood, Gamal said: “These accusations were charged against everybody who tried to do something good for the country, including January revolutionaries; it will not stop us.” Abdel Fatah added: “We will not pay attention to such accusations, we will pay attention to those who support us.”

The front issued the names of its founding 152 members, most notable being leftist activist Wael Khalil, Revolutionary Socialists  prominent member Hossam Al-Hamalawy, journalist Khaled Al-Belshy and rights lawyer Gamal Eid.

  • Reda Sobky

    All hail the youth revolution, you have changed the political landscape of Egypt and now you have to build for the far future as you propose. Again, a youth council is needed in every governmental and large enterprise which focuses on socio economic development and work to remove obstacles to youth education and employment. Your group needs to take on education first by developing a blueprint for student centered learning using the internet and organizing the youth into learning teams. It appears that enabling youth is number one and that must include this new educational model as a substitute for those for whom the school /class model has failed. For example if the student learning groups can gain access to the qualifying exams they could compete to enter the work force (intsab)..so millions more can access the system. Even places of worship can provide space for youth educational activity. On the other side of the equation, employment for youth needs to be designed to create competitive/collaborative teams (as in Japan and Korea) where the goals of the process can coincide with public good and produce productivity gains. Teams where all succeed should get special recognition and so on. Youth in Egypt need group structure to belong to that can function in place of clan and tribe and centering it around achievement instead of gang behavior would be great for realizing the aims of society. If the only gift you give to Egypt is that, you will have served your country well. I know you will do much more, just keep your priorities straight and your eye on the prize.

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