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Egypt’s Media War from the Perspective of an Expat
20 August, 2013 12:36
A recent participant in our series of expat interviews has been
on our mind as Egypt's protests have erupted in an explosion of violence. With hundreds
of people dead, it is difficult to tell what the situation is like for people
living there. Read about Zareth's
life in Cairo here, and find her account of the recent happenings in
morning was like any other, I woke up to make breakfast for my husband while he
got ready for work. At seven in the morning his work phone interrupted the
routine. A call from a friend changed the day completely. From that point on we
rushed to the television to see the police making The Muslim Brotherhood
abandoned the premises they were in.
As I watched, I knew this was coming. Ever since the Ex-President was thrown
out, his followers have been protesting in different parts of Egypt. This has
caused a lot of anger, the fact that his people have been saying we are
peacefully protesting while of course being armed with weapons and attacking
the police, army and the people.
I guess we have been hearing different things from different points of
view. I will explain what is happening and let this be my opinion and
what I am seeing with my own eyes, not them manipulation of the news.
A lot of you are wondering what is happening? Is Egypt
really going crazy? Civil War? Well, what if I told you that things are
definitely not good and to top it all off we have a Media War. Personally I do
not like politics, but unfortunately we live in a world full of it. So after
the Ex-President Morsi was thrown out there were a few things the western media
forgot to mention. Let’s get a little history here to understand my outrage, as
well as that of the Egyptian people.
An Expat's Perspective
The Muslim Brotherhood has said that they will not mind
losing their lives for defending Morsi. Before ending the regime of
Mubarak, Egyptians were armed with Media. They went to the streets but also
they equipped themselves with their cellphones and tweeted and posted on
Facebook letting the world know what was happening. Since then, everything that
happens in Egypt is being documented in the same way. Be careful what news you
watch as alliances make some sources not accountable.
Now, every time the Brotherhood protest they fight everyone
who is not with them. They want Morsi back to power and they will do
anything to achieve it. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz announced
that the kingdom supports Egypt in its fight “against terrorism”, meaning they
do not support the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian people in the revolution
went to protest and in the pictures did you saw people armed with weapons?
After many were murdered did you see people burning buildings to retaliate
against the Army for the murders? The answer is no. Every time the people
gather to protest they do it peacefully. I am a witness. I was there.
All this is like out of a movie, but it is real and I live
it every day. For my safety, I only say that I want these people out of the
streets. Egypt has gone through a lot of things and the Egyptians deserve
peace. I am safe for now and I plan to keep it that way. As long as we stay in
our homes and be careful we should be fine.
But people are getting angry with
the bloodshed and the confrontation. Enough is enough. This has affected
everything in our lives nobody is working and everybody is watching over their
shoulder. I hope that the Army and the Police eliminate the threat to the
Egyptian people caused by the Muslim Brotherhood who say that “Those who are
not with us are against us”.
My opinion is not influenced by anyone. When you are living somewhere is easy
to see with your own eyes what is going on, especially if you have to be
vigilant and careful for your life. I know a few expats that are still in the
country, although many of them left before the June 30 confrontation. Even not
speaking the language and not being a local we see that the brotherhood is not
friendly. I never thought I would find myself in the middle of something
like this but neither the Egyptians. Pray for Egypt and for the end of this
harassment to the Egyptians by these fanatics.
Zareth R. Valentin writes as Caribbean Girl in Cairo. Currently living in
Egypt, follow her musings and adventures in her blog http://cgoncairofficial.blogspot.com/.
*Note that these views are that of the blogger, and
not necessarily that of EasyExpat. This post is meant to illustrate the views
of an expat in Egypt and the effect the recent protests have had on her life.
What is your perspective on the uprising in Egypt? Do you
agree or disagree with this expat's perspective?