Egypt

EGYPT: FIVE YEARS AFTER THE (FAKE) ARAB SPRING: WE DIDN’T NEED A REVOLUTION, EVERYTHING WAS FINE, NOW I LOST MY JOB…….

It was always going to be a disaster……..

Others like Mohamed Amin are content with Sissi. The 28-year-old tourism industry employee recalled how his business was shattered by the chaos and violence.

“We didn’t need a revolution,” Amin said. “Everything was fine under Mubarak. The economy was booming; there were tourists everywhere. The only people complaining were the activists. I lost my job; the tourists left.”

Morsi, he continued, was “going to destroy Egypt and take us back to the Middle Ages. I’m glad Sissi is in power now because there is more stability, and things are improving slowly. I think things will get better. But it would be even better if Mubarak returned.”

The whole farce of the ”Arab Spring” had the consistency of helium, it was never going to translate into something viable, there was/still isn’t, a civil society waiting to give it (normal governance) birth.

Five years after Egypt’s Arab Spring: ‘We didn’t need a revolution’

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Heba Habib February 10 at 5:25 PM

CAIRO — It was a day Ahmed Hassan will never forget. He was in Tahrir Square in the heart of the Egyptian capital, the nexus of the Arab Spring revolution. It was around sunset, and the crowds were dancing and reciting poetry. It was the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule.

“It was the most beautiful moment when we heard of Mubarak’s resignation,” said Hassan, a youthful 29-year-old in his dreadlocks and a green hoodie. “I danced and was overjoyed. We were all happy together.”

On Thursday, it will have been five years since Mubarak was forced out of power. His ouster ushered in the anticipation of democracy and freedoms. Instead, Egyptians were thrust into one of the most uncertain and repressive periods of their modern history — its denouement still unfolding today.

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