CAIRO: A group of ten political activists from across the political and intellectual spectrum launched Tuesday a new movement called “Masrena” (Our Egypt) through which youth can communicate proposals for social and political development.
The movement aspires to bring together Egyptians from all walks of life to achieve the goals of the Jan. 25 revolution as well as showcase the abilities of Egypt’s youth.
The movement was founded by youth leaders including political science professor Moataz Abdel Fattah, ex-Google executive Wael Ghonim, IT entrepreneur Ziad Aly, activist Wael Khalil, Moez Masoud, publisher Shady Sherif, Baraa Ashraf, script writer Mohamed Diab and Mohamed Omar.
"There are a lot of obstacles ahead of us that will hinder us from pushing the revolution forward," Khalil said on Dream TV’s Al-Ashera Masa’an talk show.
"We want to be more coherent and serious in achieving our goals by setting applicable plans to work on," he said.
Aly, who runs his own communications company, said during the interview that “Masrena” is a movement which contributes to unifying Egyptians vision for their country.
The movement’s founders said that they will cooperate with all political powers and youth movements on the political scene to help create consensus between the various intellectual and political streams to pressure decision-makers to achieve the goals of the revolution.
"We will also try to act as a channel of communication between the authorities and the public," Mansour, a Salafi activist said in the interview.
People do not want those who are in power to become tyrants nor those who seek freedom to create chaos, said Abdel Fattah.
"This can be achieved through non-politicized civil society organizations that work with all powers and not against any power," he explained.
The movement, Ghonim said, will be real democratic and will not be limited to issuing statements.
"We will seek to provide a democratic model based on the participation of the movement’s members in decision-making," said activist and administrator of "We are all Khaled Said" Facebook page said.
Founders invited the general public to join the initiative through signing up online at masrena.org.