"The Military Council is trying to stick us between two candidates, so we’ve created a third option: boycott the elections or spoil your vote"
When large crowds form around television sets in the streets of Egypt’s capital, it almost always means a major soccer match is being broadcast. But last week, the airing of the first presidential debate in the nation’s history packed the coffee shops of downtown Cairo as Egyptians gathered to watch the two frontrunners trade barbs. The first round of presidential elections are scheduled for May 23 and May 24, with a second round scheduled for June 16 and June 17.
Following the military’s brutal crackdown on a sit-in outside the ministry of defense, Egyptians speak of the Military Council’s reign of terror. In the aftermath, hundreds of Egyptians were hunted down and detained, including over 20 journalists and medics. Many more were injured and killed as they fled into the pro-government neighborhood. Throughout the week, Egyptians have been protesting the largest round-up of activists since the military junta came to power last year. Hundreds of Egyptians captured during the raid will be arraigned through military tribunals. Since Mubarak’s ouster, nearly 12,000 people have been tried and convicted through military courts.
Mubarak’s former foreign minister Amr Moussa, officially kicked off his campaign for the presidency in the backdrop of a sprawling slum and a colonial villa. While the international community seems to favor Moussa, on the Egyptian street, he’s often referred to as the ‘felool’ or remnant of the former regime.
With the elections six weeks away, two candidates have emerged as favorites after ten others are disqualified.
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Egyptian Army and media ignore eyewitness reports and blame Coptic Christians for violence
Lina Attalah: Many Egyptians are skeptical that upcoming Parliamentary elections will lead the country through democratic change, and vow to continue striking to meet demands
Lina Attalah: From bus drivers to university teachers, workers are striking for economic and political demands
EuroNews: Demonstrators organized a day of action to demand a more transparent process towards democracy.
Nile International TV coverage of Cairo’s Tahrir Square protests
Crowds swinging sledgehammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy’s security wall