Ahmed al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protests, discusses the latest flareup between protesters reoccupying Tahrir Square and Egypt’s security apparatus; promoting instead of punishing those responsible for murdering protesters; the long prison sentences for activists and journalists, handed down by kangaroo courts; why Egyptians won’t tolerate an indefinite delay of democratic elections and reforms; American puppet candidate Omar Suleiman out of power but operating in the shadows; and the setback in Gaza relations and the Rafah border crossing.
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Ahmed Al-Assy will be on to discuss the Egyptian revolution and relations with Palestine.
Bio: Ahmed Al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protest. He is an activist and writer.
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Ahmed al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protests, discusses the solid turnout for Egypt’s constitutional referendum vote; their jumbled mess of a legal system, made from a hodgepodge of colonial remnants mixed with Sharia; misinformation and voter confusion about the actual issues on the ballot; replacing the old oppressive security state with a new one; and the latest Gaza excursion, where Ahmed and others will take building materials and raw goods to break the siege through Egypt’s border.
Ahmed al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protests, discusses the generally positive reception for Egypt’s new Prime Minister and Foreign Minister; rumors that new attacks on Coptic Christians are yet again the work of agent provocateurs; the discovery of Egypt’s wiretapping program; roaming gangs of thugs returning to Tahrir Square; the hotbeds of activism within recently reopened universities; and Ahmed’s successful journey to Gaza, where he toured the unrepaired devastation from Operation Cast Lead and delivered a symbolic bag of cement.
Ahmed al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protests, discusses how exiled president Hosni Mubarak may still be calling the shots in Egypt; the oligarchy-friendly Egyptian constitution that hinders democratic reforms; the difference between the regular army and the security forces within the Ministry of Interior; protesters in Tahrir Square and other areas, staying for the duration; and the Egyptian activists trying to keep the Gaza border crossing permanently open.
This interview is excerpted from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of February 11th. The original is available here.
Ahmed al-Assy, an Egyptian-American living in Egypt and a participant in the Tahrir Square protests, discusses Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the making of history in Egypt; the under-reported protester casualties, as the government withheld bodies and hospitals refused to issue death certificates; and how Egyptians will continue to reject Omar Suleiman and any other replacement autocrats, and hold out for real democratic reform.