In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost Revolution


However, a remarkable parallel lies in the reaction of President Trump, an American leader who has frequently praised the current authoritarian leader of Egypt, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – Even in jest we call him “my favorite dictator” – and those who now burn American cities as protests seem to be out to imitate their minds, if not their methods.

In the past few days, Mr. Trump has called for violence against looters, made inflammatory suggestions that the protests have been carried out by saboteurs, and called the demonstrators “terrorists” in a phone call on Monday, calling on American governors to ” To retaliate against them.

Even at the height of the Arabs In spring, Mr. Mubarak spoke a softer language and adopted a more conciliatory tone, said Ahdaf Soueif, an Egyptian writer and activist who was recently arrested for leading street protests in Cairo. Mr. Trump “is a more blatant, more vulgar version of our leaders,” she said.

At least Mr. Mubarak, she added, “made a good joke from time to time.”

Like Mr. Floyd, the face of the Egyptian uprising was also a victim of police brutality. In June 2010, two police officers pulled Khaled Said from an Internet cafe in Alexandria and beat him to death. When photos of Mr. Said’s disfigured body were posted on social media, they triggered a surge of public anger that forced Mr. Mubarak out of power seven months later.

Well, just like Mr. Said’s death symbolized impunity by brutal Egyptian police, Mr. Floyd & # 39; s, has drawn public attention to system failures in the United States, said Belal Fadl, an Egyptian Screenwriter and satirist who lives in New York City.

Mr. Fadl said he felt a sense of déjà vu when he saw the raw passions that have been unleashed in American cities in recent days. “It is evidence of failure,” he said. “Evidence of a society that can no longer speak to itself.”


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