Sunday, June 3, 2012
The Fall of Democracy
Yesterday was a sad day for millions of Egyptians. Yesterday democracy and justice fell and unfortunately the judge, Ahmed Rifaat, proved that justice is just a word. I couldn’t find any words to describe the feelings of anger and the disappointment of the people.
After a lot of rumors of corruption and stealing the people’s money, Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were acquitted of corruption charges. And yet the judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison for a false crime.
The crime is that Mubarak and el-Adly, the minister of the interior, “did not act to stop the killings” during 18-days of mass protests.
In the above speech, Mubarak promised to investigate the killing of the protesters and promised to punish the ones who are responsible for it. Mubarak also said the protesters have the right to say what they want as long as they were peaceful.
Mubarak didn’t run away, his family didn’t run away. He stayed in Egypt because he believed in justice but unfortunately he wasn’t judged by justice.
“Rifaat described Mubarak's era as "30 years of darkness" and "a darkened nightmare" that ended only when Egyptians rose up to demand change. Rifaat should have described Mubarak’s era as 30 years of peace with Israel, 30 years of achievements, 30 years of building new cities and schools and hospitals. Mubarak fought terror and ended it in Egypt. Suzan Mubarak fought for women’s rights and helped in making laws to protect women and children. I didn’t know all of those achievements were “nightmare and darkness.”
"They peacefully demanded democracy from rulers who held a tight grip on power," the judge said. And again the judge is trying to win one group of people by saying what they want to hear. The protesters in Tahrir Square weren’t peaceful; they had rocks, weapons and Molotov cocktails.
June 2 -2012 a day will be remembered in history and the judge, Ahmed Rifaat, will be always remembered as the judge who sent an innocent man to jail.