An Appeal Court judge in Egypt has condemned the revolutionary forces “who abandoned the principles of freedom and democracy” because of their differences with the Muslim Brotherhood. Chancellor Walid El-Shafei said that they had been “deceived” by the coup leaders into restoring the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak.
The judge, an opponent of President Mohammed Morsi who was overthrown by the coup in July, used his Facebook page to point out that the innocent youth who sacrificed their lives in Tahrir Square could not have imagined that they did so in order to restore the regime that they had ousted. “They screamed against injustice and tyranny which had sent Egypt backwards for centuries,” he said. “They dreamed of freedom and a decent life; may God bless the souls of Egypt’s martyrs and may Egypt restore its freedom.”
After the January 25 Revolution ousted the tyrant who had dragged out country down for 30 years, said Chancellor El-Shafei, the army junta watched over a democratic election which was won by the Muslim Brotherhood. “The election was witnessed by the whole world and the Brotherhood ruled Egypt with its sovereign institutions while the media sought to discredit the government in every possible way.” No positives about the Morsi government were ever mentioned, noted the judge; only negatives.
“The opposition took advantage of the Brotherhood’s mistakes and saw an opportunity to rid themselves of an election result they did not accept even though it was democratic.” Hence, added El-Shafei, in order to “restore” democracy they threw democracy out of the window along with the people’s freedom. “The opposition sponsored and funded the Tamarod movement enabling it to claim that it had collected twenty-three million signatures within a few days,” he said, “then they celebrated their ‘victory’ with balloons and fireworks calling it a revolution.”
In response to people who were surprised at his comments, Chancellor El-Shafie reminded them that ousted President Morsi did not pursue anyone who disagreed publically with him. “He did not close a TV channel or a newspaper. I personally criticised him more than once, then I would go home safe and not worried about legal charges being levelled against me or accusations of affiliating myself to the ousted regime.” In contrast, he continued, during this “era of freedoms” opposition TV channels are shut down and the newspapers are raided. “Anyone who disagrees with the current regime faces legal accusations, imprisonment and moral assassination so the voice of the greatest pharaoh remains the loudest.”