I am writing hurriedly to explain to non-Egyptian friends or readers the demands of Tamarrod. The failure of the first Islamist government in Egypt deserves an analysis, and the implications for such cases as Syria are very serious, possibly encouraging. (The reasons that Egyptians are “impatient” or according to certain journalists and pro-Islamist academics are “not giving democracy a chance” also deserve some attention.)
Tamarrod (Rebel) is the grassroots movement of no-confidence in President Morsi and his government in Egypt. It began officially on the 28, April, 2013 and resembles the Kefaya (Enough!) movement which had organized against President Mubarak.
Tamarrod gathered more than 22 million signatures (22,134,460) by June 29, 2013 on a petition calling for the President to step down. They call for Manar al-Beheiry, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court to head the country in a temporary caretaker government until new elections are held.
Tamarrod’s demonstrations of June 30, 2013 were reportedly the largest in history; far larger than the nation-wide demonstrations which forced President Hosni Mubarak from power. After a period of military rule, elections were held last year, but the choice was a bitter one for many – a vote for Ahmad Shafiq who symbolized the Mubarak regime, or for Mohammed Morsi, longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood. What followed was even more bitter, a struggle over a new Constitution and sidelining of the liberal opposition.
People remained in the streets in Egypt today; some will remain or protest again on Tuesday. Here is Tamarod’s statement:
First statement of the revolution
In the name of God
In the name of the people
In the name of the revolution
On behalf of more than 22 million Egyptian citizens who signed the “Tamarod” (rebel) form to withdraw confidence on behalf of the Egyptian people, we announce today that Mohamed Mohamed Morsy Eissa El Ayat is no longer the legitimate president of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Therefore, we declare the following points:
First: The Egyptian people demands its pillar institutions, army, police and judiciary, to explicitly side with the will of the people represented in the rally of the “General Assembly” of the Egyptian people in Tahrir Square, Presidential Palace, and all squares in all governorates.
Second: We declare our sit-in will continue in Tahrir Square, Presidential Palace, and all squares in all governorates.
Third: We confirm our commitment to PEACEFUL demonstrations as spilling any Egyptian blood is sinful. We will not allow any organization or terrorist group to drag our dear Egypt into a civil war.
Fourth: We confirm that it is no longer possible to accept any compromise nor a substitute for the peaceful termination of the authority of the Muslim Brotherhood and of the Guidance Bureau representative in the Presidential Palace, Mohamed Morsy. We call for early presidential elections.
Fifth: Mohamed Mohamed Morsy Eissa El Ayat has an ultimatum until no later than 5:00pm of next Tuesday, July 2, evening, to relinquish power to allow the institutions of the Egyptian state get ready to hold early presidential elections.
Otherwise, the “General Assembly” of the Egyptian people is required to:
1 – Congregate in all fields of the Republic of Egypt and crawl [proceed] to Qobba Palace.
2 – 5:00pm of next Tuesday, July 2, evening, is the start of the call for a comprehensive civil disobedience in order to fulfill the will of the Egyptian people.
Victory to the revolution .. Glory to the martyrs!
First statement of the revolution