Kristin Jankowski: The revolution continues

Posted on November 21, 2012 by

Photo: Ahmed Khalifa

With the loan of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Egypt is in the grip of the global financial market. Bread, freedom, social justice. Those were the demands of the Egyptians when nationwide riots started in winter 2011. But with the 4.8 billion dollar loan Egypt is hanging in gallows of secret conditions that were negotiated between the IMF and the Egyptian government. The conditions under which Egypt receives this sum of money is unknown.

“I’m hungry,” a taxi driver complained recently. He turned to me. “What makes our new President Mohamed Morsi ? What is he doing? “I did not answer. The taxi driver hit vigorously with his hand on his steering wheel. When I arrived at my destination, he asked for another 5 pounds extra. He’s already taken a detour. Hunger makes greedy, poverty kills the morale. Understandable. When it comes to daily survival.

There are homeless in the streets, barefoot. Sometimes guys stand on the sidewalk, sniffing glue. The Egyptians complain about lack of jobs, low-paying jobs, lack of money. They fear the future. Then it all comes together. And discharges in confrontations with the Egyptian security forces. Just letting out the anger. And finally hitting back.

Demanding Bread, freedom and social justice in times of globalization and greed seem like wishful thinking in a nice Grimm fairy tale. Only the strong survive, when you are above you can simply hit the one who is laying under you. And you can have a huge dinner and getting fatter and fatter , getting a big belly. While the others stand at the window and want to have just a small bite.

The one with the fork in his hands can make the  rules.

It is pretty expected that the IMF Deal will squeeze Egypt like a hot lemon. The poor are going to pay back the loan. And the interest rate. The words Bread, freedom and social justice will be heard during the battles in the streets again.

That is the echo of the revolution.

This is the heartbeat, which can not be stopped with the dagger of the IMF.

If there is still someone wondering why it in countries where a large proportion of people starve and whine and a small part of the people are not even turning around when behind them someone is begging and they just continue to stuff their pockets with gold, has not recognized the signs of the times. The future of the riots won’t be the fight over borders. No, it will be the battle between the rich and the poor. It will be the hungry taxi driver who throws stones against the Parliament Building. There will be young people who fight for a decent future.

Like Gaber Salah Gaber. He got killed at the 20th of November 2012 during clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters. He was 16 years old. And he dreamed of bread, freedom and social justice.

The revolution continues.