The anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes, where Egyptian revolutionaries paid the price of seeking freedom and dignity in blood, is onto us. This will be a starting point for Egyptians to close ranks and unite, although these clashes were the cause of their differences and division, after each had their own way (only to be proven wrong soon afterwards), and the deeply entrenched Mubarak regime and cronies led a conspiracy hiding behind deep-state institutions and in military uniforms.
Today, everyone knows that all parties made big mistakes. While one party trusted, rather than cleansed, institutions created to serve the Mubarak regime, another party collaborated with those same institutions in order to settle scores with the first party. This paved the way for the return of the old regime, with greater corruption and more brutal oppression that spared no-one.
Those big mistakes necessitate great sacrifices. Some revolutionary groups have done their duty and made such great sacrifices. We still expect further self-assessment and more sacrifice. We wait for some of the other revolutionaries to regain their place in the Revolution, and to give the people what they expect of them: to review their positions and move beyond the bitterness and differences, and to put future progress and the homeland’s interests above all else.
History bears witness that the January 25 Revolution has not fallen despite the revolutionaries’ mistakes, the military junta’s bloody power grab, and the revolutionary groups’ differences and division. Instead, the Revolution has steeled its resolve to continue on the path of democratic transformation until it ends all aspects of social, economic and political injustice and builds a state of justice, stability and prosperity, after the people regain their will and topple the corrupt tyrants over to the depths of historical disgrace they deserve.
The anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes opens the door for all revolutionaries to come out and line up behind their Revolution once again, to regain their harmony, and to be loyal to the Egyptians’ blood which watered the land of this homeland in all liberty squares across Egypt, from Tahrir to Rabaa, from the Sinai to Farafra, and from Aswan to Alexandria. They shall rally around one banner for Egypt and its unified people. They shall return to embrace the Revolution’s goals and chant their January 25 motto: “Proud living… basic freedoms… human dignity and social justice”.
To all Egyptian revolutionaries standing steadfast in the streets and squares despite the brutal repression and the traitorous bullets.
To all those still hesitating because of the bitterness of differences, for fear of the ruling regime’s cruelty and persecution, or for concerns about what the future holds.
You must realize that one revolution and united revolutionaries cannot be quelled by any regime, that standing together in solidarity – in the face of tyranny and corruption will remove all differences, and that the future will be written by the revolutionaries – this time – in the streets and squares, in an undisputable document and undisputable legitimacy.
Make the days of Mohamed Mahmoud Street luminous days in the history of your struggle and a resounding beginning of victory for your Revolution. Do not allow a moment of arrogance to stop you… the Revolution’s hallmark is humility. Do not allow the bitterness of dispute stop you… the bitterness of defeat is greater. Let dialogue be the way to solve your differences and liberty squares the path for your Revolution’s ultimate triumph.
Ambassador: Ibrahim Yousry
– Ahmed Khalaf (Political Scientist)
– Ahmed Abdul-Aziz (Journalist and Secretary General of Reporters Against the Coup Front)
– Dr. Ayman Nour (Ghad Al-Thawra Party Leader)
– Ayah Alaa (Women’s Activist and Spokeswoman for Women Against the Coup)
– Dr. Tharwat Nafie (Law-Maker and Professor of Information Technology, Canada)
– Hatem Azzam (Law-Maker and Vice-President of Wassat Party)
– Hassan Kabany (Journalist and Coordinator of Journalists for Reform Movement)
– Abdul-Rahman Faris (Revolution Youth)
– Abdul-Rahman Yusuf (Poet)
– Ezz-Eddin Dowidar (Filmmaker)
– Dr. Emad Shahin (Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and American University)
– Dr. Amr Darrag (Minister of Planning and International Cooperation in the government of legitimate President Mohamed Morsi)
– Amr Ali Din (Lawyer and Coordinator of the Independence of the Judiciary Front)
– Dr. Saad Fayyad (Leader of the People’s Party and the Anti-Coup Pro-Legitimacy National Alliance)
– Dr. Seif Abdel-Fattah (Professor of Political Science – Cairo University)
– Syed Ibrahim (Political Activist and Coordinator of the Civil Revolutionary Movement)
– Dr. Tariq Al-Zomar (Head of Building and Development Party)
– Dr. Mohamed Shahawi (Physician)
– Mohamed Abbas (Revolution Youth)
– Dr. Mohamed Ali Bishr (Leading member of the Anti-Coup Pro-Legitimacy National Alliance and Minister of Local Development in the government of legitimate President Mohamed Morsi)
– Dr. Mohamed Mahsoub (Minister for Parliamentary and Legal Affairs in the government of legitimate President Mohamed Morsi)
– Mahmoud Al-Azhari (Spokesman for Students Against the Coup, Al-Azhar University)
– Dr. Maha Azzam (Head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council)
– Dr. Nahid Izz-Eddin (Professor of Political Science – Cairo University)
– Dr. Hani Gaber (Coordinator of ‘Hirak’ Coalition, Member of Veterinarians Syndicate Board)
* Students Against the Coup
* Egyptian Assemblage Group
* The Ten Principles Document Group (Brussels)
* Egyptian Revolutionary Council
* Anti-Coup Pro-Legitimacy National Alliance
* Coordinating Committee for Prison Protest
* Egyptian Group to Recover Egypt’s Looted Funds