Ahmed El Lozy: “Another uprising on January 25 – but to what end?”
We’ve almost reached the end of the legislative election process. Even without knowing the second-round results from the third phase, we can estimate that the Islamist coalition, the Al Hurreya Wal Ada’a and Al Nur parties, will make off with 70% of the seats in this so-called revolutionary parliament. In their wake come the Al-Wafd party with 8.9% of seats and the Al Kutla Al Masreya coalition with 7% of seats. So, in what the media are calling the “revolutionary parliament”, two-thirds of the MPs will be from Islamist parties. Rather ironic when you recall that the leaders of the Islamist parties were strongly opposed to the uprising on January 25 2011. One year on, they’re reaping the benefits.
January 25 is approaching and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is clearly nervous. They’re already taking steps to prevent a demonstration. First, they’re insisting that the first session of parliament take place on January 23. Then, the SCAF has decided to supervise the festivities to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution; which will probably be an excuse for the army to occupy public squares and ban any demonstrators from entering. And to cap it all, the Muslim Brotherhood has officially decided to participate in the festivities.
But the youngsters have not given in to despair, and there seems to be agreement for an uprising against the SCAF on January 25 2012. The only problem is, finding a common goal.
Uprising against the SCAF : ” On January 25, I will restore rights of my country. I will sacrifice myself for my homeland”
Ahmed El Lozy graduated in sociology from the American University in Cairo. In 2007, he worked as the assistant to the film director Yousry Nasrallah on The Aquarium and embarked on a career in the audiovisual industry. In 2010, Ahmed parted for the Czech Republic to study film at FAMU, where he made his first short film Nocni Smena. On return to Cairo in 2011, he was hired by the website Al-Masry Al-Youm as a video journalist.
To go further
On January 25, a film by Stefano Savona shot in its enrirety during the days of revolution, will be released. It has been selected to the Locarno Film Festival. Extract :
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