Egypt: Brotherhood Supreme Guide Says Seeks To Build 'Modern, Democratic State'

Analysis, posted 03.19.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egypt: Brotherhood Supreme Guide Says Seeks To Build 'Modern, Democratic State' (Photo: Ahram Online)

The great events witnessed by Egypt over the past year have changed, and will continue to change, the face of the country, God willing. They will rewrite its history after the nation was restored to the people through their white revolution.

The revolution overthrew a detestable dictatorship that stifled us for decades, violating sanctities and robbing wealth, restricting freedoms and hindering progress, fabricating allegations against decent individuals and driving out and killing its people, ignoring court orders and skilfully manipulating the will of the public.

The Muslim Brotherhood warned the previous regime many times about the negative repercussions of its actions, holding numerous meetings with national Egyptian forces under the banner "A dialogue for Egypt." Three such meetings took place before the 2010 elections and a fourth was held after elections were fixed. At these meetings, we exposed the actions of the regime and blamed the dictator himself for these crimes, but he continued in his tyranny and unjust ways.

God willed that we hold a fifth meeting after the success of the blessed revolution, and we will continue on this path – along with our people – to protect them and the goals of their revolution. With the participation of all faithful and honourable people, we are now planning to convene a sixth "Dialogue for Egypt."

The Muslim Brotherhood resisted the former regime and its tyranny by enduring the imprisonment and unjust detention of more than 40,000 Muslim Brotherhood members for a combined total of 15,000 years of jail time, knowing that God would not forget. This did not deter us from taking to the streets across Egypt in numerous demonstrations to express our opposition to the regime and its practices and to demand reform, reject the Emergency Law, press for constitutional reform, decry assaults on judges, condemn the Zionist assault on Gaza, and highlight other key issues of import to Egypt, its people and its national security.

We did not blame those who did not join us in these protests. Still, we paid a high price for taking these positions and participating in these demonstrations, which once led to the arrest of 3,000 Muslim Brotherhood members in a single day. Some of us were killed, either in prison or during elections. But we took practical steps to oppose these practices through our representatives in parliament, proposing practical solutions to Egypt’s problems that the ruling party's rubberstamp-majority rejected every time.

Our representatives in professional syndicates, clubs, teachers' associations and student unions also served as models of cooperation for all Egyptians – Muslim and Christian, men and women. This angered the guardians of the old regime, leading them to suspend some of these institutions for more than 15 years.

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