Thursday, June 02, 2011
Egypt revolt impetus fades with military rulers
Activists accuse Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of very same practices uprising sought to abolish.
Jailan Zayan in Cairo, Middle East Online, June 1, 2011
Three months after toppling Hosni Mubarak, activists behind Egypt’s revolt have grown increasingly frustrated with the new military rulers, accusing them of the very same practices the uprising sought to abolish.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took charge after Mubarak ceded power in the face of 18 days of anti-government protests, has repeatedly maintained it is the guardian of the revolt, committed to protecting its goals.
But its status as revolt hero began to fade with allegations of human rights abuses, crackdowns against protesters and attempts to silence critics.
While the uprising achieved its main goal of ousting Mubarak, the unelected military council maintains its absolute power in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
Social networking sites have been awash with a laundry list of grievances against the military council, including the pace of democratic change and more specifically accusations of alleged torture, jailing of critics and arrest of activists.