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How to become a political activist in Egypt

Now even YOU can become an activist by following these quick and easy steps!

| Written by EKT Team

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 18:37

After conducting extensive research and interviewing some 20 million active activists in Cairo alone, EKT can now finally publish this invaluable guide that will help anyone, including accountants, jumpstart their activist career.

Step one

Get a Twitter account. Give yourself a maverick username, ideally something with that includes the word “rebel”, “revolt”, “radical” or “rabies”. The world “monkey” also seems to work. (See suggestions below).

Begin tweeting. Send tweets that express outrage at any remotely political decision or event. It doesn’t matter what you direct your outrage at so long as you start your tweet with the hashtag “#WTF???” or end it with the more local “#A7A!”

Ideally, use both these hashtags with every tweet as this will make it clear to your follower(s) that you are very serious and concerned, even if you are only protesting against the fact that your horoscope said you wouldn’t get laid this month.

In fact, many an activist began their career by simply tweeting: “#WTF?!?! I forgot my keys in the car again! #A7A #DownWithTheNezam”

More generally, drop the f*** bomb a lot. You’re angry, remember?

Final note about tweets: Complain about the appointment of any person to any political position, no matter how good you think they might be. Don’t worry, they are bound to mess up at least once soon enough, at which point you can then you tweet: “#WTF! Told you so ya guys! #A7A #ImSoRight!” This has proven to be one of the most direct ways of gaining credibility among activists.

Step two

Create a Facebook page for a fake person and claim that they have been “detained” by the police and implore your Twitter followers to “like” the page. Presuming you named this fake person, say, “Ahmed Abdo,” you now have to start ceaselessly sending tweets that say nothing but #FreeAhmedAbdo #FreeAhmedAbdo #FreeAhmedAbdo. These types of tweets, aside from effective, really convey the activist in you. 

Step three

This one is a simple one: Never be seen anywhere without a Palestinian scarf around your neck. Make up some story about it – e.g. Maybe Yasser Arafat  blew his nose in it before dying, or perhaps you used it to strangle an Israeli commando at some point in the past.

Step four

Quit your day job. Day jobs are only for capitalist losers.

If you don’t have the cojones to quit, then tweet about how your boss is a capitalist, anti-revolutionary bitch. That should at least get you fired.

Having wealthy, capitalist parents helps at this point.

Step five

Fabricate a poor quality torture video and post dozens of links to it on the social networks.  Claim you videotaped it using a mobile phone which you hid, say, in your breast pocket or anal cavity. Lay some ketchup on the bathroom floor and film it for a few seconds while you violently shake the camera and make noises. Then just black out the lens and take a really loud dump while screaming from time to time. Done.

Example:

Done.

Step six

Once you have amassed a sufficient number of followers, all you need to do now is get arrested by the police. Ideally you want to get beaten up, but not so much that you look ugly after it – attractive activists get way more media publicity.

You also don’t want to spend too much time in jail – anywhere between 3 and 14 days is ideal. Any more than that and you will be forgotten, any less and it won’t be considered a “real” prison experience.

The easiest way to achieve this jail term is to attend a violent demonstration or  engage in public masturbation on a main road. However, this latter option remains largely untested.

(Alternatively, just disappear for a few days and when you “reappear” on Twitter you can claim you were in jail. Works like a charm.)

Step seven

Once out of jail, if you don’t already have a blog, you need to start one. Recount your experiences there and complain about how you had to poo in really nasty toilets, but also make jokes about it so that you appear brave and easygoing. Crying on TV at this point can also really help with your credentials.

And that’s it! You are now an officially recognized activist. Congratulations!

 

Suggestions for powerful Twitter usernames for budding political activists:

@Egyptianator
@TearGasLover
@AuthoritySlayer
@Egy-rebel2.0
@Hosni’sPimp
@VforVagina (good for feminist activists)
@RadicalGangsta
@FUCKTHIS!
@NezamDestroyer
@WankingWarrior666

Balasticman

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 19:26

Shocked and horrified - I say HORRIFIED - by the belittling of the honorable participants of the sanctimoniously-named Friday marches.

Israeli

Sun, 07/10/2011 - 07:16

Ossom

#rebelwarrior

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:45

Completely delirious and good sense of humour :)
I don't think this article is really saying that torture and abductions (arrest without charge) are fake.

Anonymous

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 09:03

MAZIKA:D

Anonymous

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 09:05

MAZIKA:D

Won

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 10:12

Although I like to make fun of activists occasionally, this is not funny at all to be honest.

Anonymous

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 14:33

Great keep it up :)

Vinceyesman

Thu, 12/01/2011 - 15:12

I think this is not only true here in Egypt but in general. I remember my years in French Universities with all kind of Extreme Left Wind students wearing the Palestinian scarf, avoiding classes by protesting for any reasons and giving lessons to people who were not on strike. I remember one guy, involved in all demonstrations since 10 years... and I even don't know if he succeed his first year of Uni :) I was a part of the protesters for different reasons so I do believe in Protests. Like KT here, it's just hilarious to see how people can change and give judgment while they are sometimes manipulated or "Extreme". Take that as a joke. That is what we call "Second degree".

Anonymous

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 17:18

This was almost funny. You got the right idea but you lost all credibility by implying that activists make up torture videos or make up the people that have been arrested by security thugs.

It's fine to have a laugh at activists, i found parts of it amusing. But there are a lot of ignorant fools out there who really do think that torture videos and arrested activists aren't real, so be careful what you imply.

karlas

Sun, 05/20/2012 - 09:16

This could be a simple way to help people raising what they wanted from the government.

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TO OMAR KAMEL

Sun, 07/01/2012 - 00:56

OMAR KAMEL HOW SMALL IS YOUR DINGDONG? YOU CLEARLY HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS...AND NOT ENOUGH DINGDONG. THIS POST SUMS IT UP. IDIOTS LIKE YOU WITH A FRIGHTENING NEED FOR ATTENTION. GIVE IT A REST MAN. YOU'RE ALL OVER THE INTERNET. I SEE YOUR NAME EVERYWHERE. COMMENTING EVERYWHERE. I CAN'T TAKE IT. YOUR ATTENTION HOE-ING IS HAUNTING ME IN MY SLEEP. MAKE IT STOP.

Hana

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 23:23

Genius!! The revolution turned into a commercial product and your article says it all.

lissnup

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 17:26

hahahah even the angry comments expressing outrage follow your rules! Priceless. A7a! WTF!?
Follow me on Twitter @hezbalkanaba

Michael

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 04:56

Brilliant! Easily one of the best satires I have recently read. The video was a good touch too.

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