Sun, 11/10/2013 - 14:49
Revolutionary socialist Kareem Sawragy is angry at the state of Egypt, but the former activist has no intention of channeling that anger through the act of protesting, nor even through protest-y tweets ending with #FuckMB, #FuckSisi, #FuckPolice, #FuckTheSpermThatWonTheFierceCompeitionThatFertilizedTheEggsThatBroughtUsOurLeaders, and other common hashtags that communicate the political rage of the true Egyptian revolutionary.
“No, I am done with all that,” explains Sawragy, who has been cooped up in his bedroom shooting darts at a portrait of Adam Smith ever since Amre Moussa was announced as the head of the constitution-drafting committee.
“I spent the last three years trying to organize labour movements to have them strike for their right to bread, freedom and social gatherings at the Gezira Club,” he says. “Now the only thing that will make them strike is if Sisi refuses to run for president.” He holds a gun to his head at this point before shouting: “I mean, are you fucking kidding me?!”
Sawragy, who has been on Prozac ever since the presidential race ended with a choice between Morsi and Shafiq last year, says that he can’t help but see a direct correlation between protests and gradually worsening options.
“First it was Morsi or Shafiq, now it’s Sisi or …” – he breaks off crying and laughing while shaking his head and mumbling, “There is no ‘or.’”
He notes that the first recorded act of protest was when Lucifer protested against being asked by God to bow down to Adam. “It’s all been downhill since that very first protest,” he laments.
Sawragy also points out that protesting has led the current Egyptian government, which is in existence largely thanks to protests, to issue a draft law effectively banning protests, with rumours of another draft law to ban protesting against the draft law that effectively bans protests.
Under the new regulations, protestors would have to notify the Interior Ministry at least one week before holding a demonstration, with all participating men having to issue a feesh we tashbeeh, and all women having to undergo a virginity test beforehand, as ordered by Sisi, who is also a world famous anti-rape campaigner.
For revolutionary socialists that remain more optimistic than Sawragy, Egypt has nevertheless made significant gains over the past 3 years. But for Sawragy, despite countless sit-ins, thousands of deaths, and hours of mind-numbing Morsi speeches, ultimately, Egypt still placed a bird under custody the other month for spying. And then ate it.
“What more can I say?” Sawragy says, shaking his head in despair.