- Posted July 3, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
It's a revolution; not a military coup
A reported 33 million Egyptians marched in solidarity to protest against Morsi’s radical regime. For many, the call to action seemed surprising, given the fact former President Mohammed Morsi was democratically elected. However, Morsi’s administration over the past year has been anything but democratic.
Morsi systematically jeopardized Egypt’s political; social, economic and international stability. Morsi’s barbaric constitution, allowing girls as young as 12 years old to marry, pushed for flagrant sectarian divide which [further] threatened the country’s civil and national security. Leading up to its illegitimate passage, Morsi claimed special emergency powers, by declaring the Supreme Court prohibited from overriding his decisions. If he had practiced a system of checks and balances, with an acting parliament and a judiciary that was “approved” by Morsi, his fall from power could have gone through impeachment.
Another main concern, since January 2010’s first revolution, is the economic hardships Egyptians have had to endure. Morsi failed to neither revive nor construct a roadmap to rehabilitate Egypt’s plummeting economy.
Egypt was headed into an international upheaval. The Muslim Brotherhood began housing terrorist cells, from Afghanistan, in Sinai. In addition, a partnership between the Brotherhood and Hamas brought violence from neighboring Gaza to spill into Egypt, resulting in civilian causalities. While Morsi’s right hand was spewing rhetoric on national television, last week; his left hand was orchestrating the killings of innocent bystanders.
The citizens of Egypt were fed up with Morsi’s authoritarian regime. Thus a group of activists, known as the Tamarod, or Rebel, requested open dialogue between former President Morsi and the people. Upon blatant and arrogant refusal, the second revolution was born. Egyptian’s peacefully flooded the streets asking for his resignation and calling on the military to dislodge him.
The fall of Morsi is a signal to the world that Egypt is against radical Islamic rule. The unity between Egyptian Christians, Muslims and Jews has once again, proven to hold the country together against extremism. While the future of Egypt’s road to democracy may seem far; the drive for unity and freedom vigorously palpitates because 33 million courageous voices did not let the revolution die.
- CNN International