The new, enhanced wave of protests and violent riots all over Egypt is communicated to the west as a part of the “football verdicts riots”, which is technically true because the reason that the Egyptian street is on fire for the past month is mainly to do with the verdicts of those who are accused (and now convicted) of murdering dozens of a rival team supporters in a game – many months ago.
These riots expose the great lie that is the Egyptian society today, its a fragmented and torn apart society in which every group wants complete and total control over what seems to many a “wild west” country, even though a new government has been established.
Add to this the growing anger and amazingly low trust levels towards the new elected president of Egypt and you have a dangerous mixture. This erupts in popular riots against anything, and so we see thousands of Egyptians protesting in all the “Canal” cities, which are poor and desperately looking to improve their living standards, in a cry out against anything that is labeled “Cairo”.
In Cairo itself the fragmentation of groups is astounding, leading the list is the respectable group of secular Egyptians who led the first wave of the revolution two years ago, they have been pushed out of the picture and they can not live with the idea that their country is turning into a new Iran rather than into a model of a Western country. The radical religious fanatics are not too far behind, claiming that all the religious moves of the past year are not enough – and need to be expanded and enforced even stronger.
A revolution is a long process, there is no doubt that Egypt is going through the turmoils of a rebirth, only that it is still frightfully unclear how the new Egypt will look like, what would it believe and how it would behave towards its citizens.