Voices from the streets of Cairo
“History is being made in Egypt right now, the ruling party wanted to tarnish our glorious history – abusing religion to gain mass popularity – but I’m very hopeful because we have the military forces and policemen on our side.” Hossam Gharib © Rana Wasfy & Rawan Ezzat
Voices from the streets of Cairo
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Rana Wasfy & Rawan Ezzat
Last updated: July 4, 2013

Voices from the streets of Cairo

Your Middle East’s Rana Wasfy and Rawan Ezzat took to the streets of Cairo to listen to what people had to say about the current political turmoil.

“History is being made in Egypt right now, the ruling party wanted to tarnish our glorious history – abusing religion to gain mass popularity – but I’m very hopeful because we have the military forces and policemen on our side.”
Hossam Gharib

“I think we did not give Morsi his fair chance to rule the country – one year is still a transitional period, plus the opposition never gave him the chance to make sound decisions, they were always blindly against him. I’m afraid that now chaos will prevail, and the country will not be secure anymore because the MB will not easily give in and will surely attempt to take vengeance, thus, I was against the protests going on. However, the will of the majority shall be heard; since they demand Morsi’s dismissal, it should happen, and I am okay with it.”
Sayed Mohamed

“I am here today because Morsi is not a President who would serve the purpose of a better Egypt. I’ve never thought that Morsi would be able to unite the Egyptians - everyone is on the streets and all are happy. It was never like that during Mubarak's regime. I don't believe that Morsi will leave easily; blood will be shed.”
Dr. Nabil Abdel Maksoud, 58

“I love being here surrounded with all energetic Egyptians. I am here because of Morsi's speech that is improper. We, Egyptians, will win as long as we keep this spirit.”
Tarek Abdel Maksoud, 11

“We had to go down to the streets. It is not a choice; Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are ignoring the Egyptian's demands. This is what officials get when their people get mad. I believe that we will make history again.”
Heba Abdel Men'am, 34

“I have been going down since Januray 25, 2011. We toppled Mubarak and his regime to ask for justice, bread and freedom. We will fight any dictator who will not abide by the Egyptian's demands.”
Yousef Adel, 19

“What got me on the streets is Morsi's long speech that was full of nonsense. He’s asking for violence, and we are here to announce peaceful protests no matter what you do, Morsi. Everyone should go down the streets.”
Samia Ali, 55

“I believe that the situation in Egypt is extremely critical and needs our full, relentless support to salvage Egypt from those who want to demolish it. The current regime proved that their priority is not Egypt but rather another agenda that we know or not know about, however I am full of hope and confidence that we can bring them down and make room for a new democratically elected president who will have Egypt’s interest on top of his priorities. I do expect that our faithful army will remain behind the people and support them till this grieve situation passes by. One last thing, I’m proud of our amazing people who have proven that they can change anything they set their mind to.”
Nariman Youssef



Rana Wasfy
Rana is studying Economics and Finance at the German University in Cairo. You can follow her work on her blog: www.ranawasfy.tumblr.com Follow her on Twitter: @ranawasfy

Rawan Ezzat
Rawan is a fresh journalism graduate from the American University in Cairo. She worked briefly as a researcher with Bassem Youssef, and a freelancer at Majalla. Rawan was an enthusiastic participant in the 25th January revolution and remains a post-revolutionary activist. Follow her on Twitter: @roona2020

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