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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Egyptian Revolution--A View From the Inside, Part 2

We are visiting with my friend, Ahmed Nader Al-Gretly, a writer from Cairo, Egypt. Be sure to check out part 1 of this interview.

There have been uprisings before, but people always backed down when the water cannons and tear gas came out. Why didn’t they back down this time?

There have been uprisings before, but none of them erupted with the magnitude and intensity of this one you’ve witnessed. We have our flaws, but Egyptians are loving tender people. They’re good people who never cease to make jokes when things get rough, we stand by each other. Take a walk in the streets of Cairo and look at their faces, look at the smiles, look at how complete strangers help each other; this is my Egypt, our Egypt. When Egyptians speak, they never say ‘I’, they always say ‘We’ because that’s who we are, we love this country, and on the 25th, we were determent to get it back, to free it from the hands of a greedy government. So to answer your question, fear made them want to escape and hide, but determination made them stand their ground and fight for their country.

Did you have friends that were in Freedom square that we saw on TV? Where any hurt in the clashes?

Yes, I did actually; several of my friends were in the protests on the 28th of January (A.K.A “The Friday of Wrath”) none of them got hurt in the clashes –thank God, but other people did. Tear gas bombs, rubber bullets and even live bullets were fired on the protesters by the riot squads; load and loads of innocent, unarmed civilians were killed on that day, and the days that followed. The hired thugs, the “Camels Incident” left thousands injured and hundreds dead or missing. But you have to understand something; this revolution is a gold mine for conspiracy theorists, who hired those thugs? Who burnt the police stations? All these questions have a cloud of suspicion surrounding it. I don’t blame the riot squads themselves; I blame the man who ordered them to do what they did.

Some members of the squads threw their weapons and joined the protests, some wept while they were beating up civilians, but everything that happened in that period was unacceptable. The government killed its people; they murdered them in cold blood, what kind of human being gave these orders? I’m known to my small group of fans as a gut wrenching horror writer, but this was something else. The brutality of it all, my God! Egypt wept for its children…

A new section of Ahmed's interview will post everyday this week. Tomorrow's question:  The police disappeared around the same day that the prisons were opened. What did people think of that?  
You can follow Ahmed on Twitter @ANaderGretly


RaShelle said...

Wendy - Thanks for sharing this interview.

Ahmed Nader Al-Gretly - Thank you for telling us what happened. It's easy to watch TV and be unphased by the events. Your telling of the event allowed me to see better with my heart. I'm so sorry and I hope everything works out for your people, friends and family.

Also, a question. As an American, is there anything we can do? Is it better to "stay out of it"?

Canda said...

The tenderness and the bravery of the Egyptian people comes through in Ahmed's thoughts. Thanks for sharing this Wendy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heart warming comments.

To answer your question RaShelle, I think that people -American or not should look at this revolution from different angles, there's nothing anyone could do at this point except to learn from these events, get inspired, stop and think about the value life, peace and freedom. Egyptians like to take care of business "In the family". So I guess the only thing Americans can do is to show their support to this revolution.

kbrebes said...

Just read both posts. Truly wonderful. Thanks so much for enlightening us.

RaShelle said...

Thanks for the answer. I can do that. =D