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Egyptians undeterred in their resistance

An anti-military protester sitting on the ground in front of military police unit during a protest near Ministry of Defence building in Abbaseya district of Cairo, Egypt [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

The man with the most famous hashtag in the world wouldn't believe what has happened. The coup leader, who isolated himself from the people and is living a life of solitude, imagining how he would rule Egypt, does not understand the psychology of the people, not even the rebels; he did not except such a concentrated reaction.

His poverty, ignorance, and superficial mentality has cause the people to disregard him, and the people have decided to teach him a hard lesson and trap him in a narrow corner after they cursed him and insulted him. When he said we still had 25 years to implement democracy, the answer to this was a result that amazed the leaders of the national alliance; they called for the fall of the alleged consensus and the media bubble.

We had often heard people saying that the Egyptians do not deserve freedom; a nation that does not condemn bloodshed and put their minds in the hands of intellectually bankrupt individuals in the media; a fragile nation unable to face the reality or resist the changes in values ​​and principles, a nation eaten by its illiteracy and have given into dictatorship, a nation whose revolution will not be complete, and a nation that does not deserve more than to be governed by a superficial coup leader; we have heard this over and over again.

They are continuously blaming the people and attacking them, while many do not realise that these people were the victims of their intellectuals and elite. In his book Psychology of Crowds, Mr Gustave Le Bon mentioned that the crowds respect strength and do not tend to respect good-heartedness, considering it a sign of weakness. If they have stepped over their deposed dictator, then it is because he lost his power and became classified as weak and despised. The people's hero is the individual who assumes the position of Caesar.

How many times have you heard these phrases in the coup-leader's media and on the tongues of his politicians and celebrities as a part of a plan to control the minds of the people and bend them in their favour? The continuous disrespect for the minds of the Egyptians through these words, as well as their dreams of stability, which these poor people had hoped the coup leader would bring to them brings about a sense of inferiority amongst the people as well as a feeling of surrender and subjection, and this causes the people to believe that they only deserve what is given to them by their dictators.

We must also realise that what has prevented us from burying our heads in the sand is the fact that the majority of the people believe the falsities promoted by strong fabricated heroes, driving the people to support tyrants. We saw how many Iraqis rejoiced when the U.S troops occupied Iraq under the pretext of overthrowing Saddam, and we do not deny that those who danced in Rabaa and Al-Nahda Squares on the blood of the martyrs had no weight in the political and only represent one portion of the Egyptian people who do not deserve respect.

Moses's Pharaoh Ramses II (and his assistant Hamann) was defeated in his battles with the Hittites who took control of the city of Qadesh, but Pharaoh miraculously survived and escaped them, while Egypt lost its authority over all the cities of Palestine. Pharaoh fled from the battle with the Hittites and signed a 40 year peace treaty and he occupied himself with suppressing the Egyptians and building temples to write legends about his victory over the Hittites. The Egyptians believed the temple walls and doubted what they saw with their own eyes, believing that he was the victorious commander. Since then, no popular revolution succeeded in Egypt, nor were any completed with results clearly in favour of the rebels; they have all been minor blow ups or short fits against military actions aiming to put the military in power.

Yes, the Egyptians rarely revolt against their difficult situation and they remain content with the stability that provides them with livelihood, sleep, and security without paying attention to the world around them and to the people enjoying the wealth and resources of their country. A nation that is too patient with Pharaohs and suffers countless nights without resisting is the same nation that lost its people in 1967 and resorted to the desert to protect them. We cannot write off the Egyptian people and consider them a nation whose dreams are fulfilled once their hunger is satisfied. These people took to the streets to defend legitimacy and were subject to killing in the clashes at the Republic Guard Headquarters, as well as in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda Squares. Those who believe that the volcano within the people has become instinct are mistaken; it is raging under surface waiting to explode.

We must recognise that we cannot demand the people to make sacrifices. However, when the people find what drives them to freedom and hope for the future of their country, they will express themselves, just as we witnessed during the boycott of the farcical elections.

You should not be fooled by the Egyptian people's patience; they are a nation that has not and will not die no matter how desperately the murderers, traitors, and stakeholders try. We see the free people in our country expressing the glory of their nation and they realise that freedom is not achieved by eliminating the people from the national equation and underestimating the people's minds. They are fighting epic battles with their pure blood and are exhibiting examples of steadfastness and heroism in order to defend the glory of their nation; a nation that has not yet died. The detainees are proudly rising above their pain and wounds and are mapping the path to freedom with their resilience. The students and free youth of the world are patient and resilient no matter how long the road is, they will see it through and liberate their country.

The revolution continues…

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