A successful revolution is a monopoly. Whether violent or nonviolent, the result is still one mass of people in power over another. The Egyptian revolution of 2012, and later 2013, was hailed as a game-changer for the Egyptian people. What happened instead, is one dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was replaced by another, Mohamed Morsi, who was then replaced by his general, Abdel Fattah El-sisi, as the situation continued to deteriorate. Life in Egypt is now marked by mass trials for members of political organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and massive human rights violations.

As one Amnesty International report headlines: “Rampant torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions signal catastrophic decline in human rights one year after ousting of Morsi” it is clear that replacing one monopoly with another has not worked in Egypt’s, nor its people’s favor. Activists worldwide should learn the lessons of the Egyptian people when creating their own movements, lest they meet the same result.

REAL News has an excellent segment on the current state of Egypt below:


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