Cairo, May 28: Liberal activists in Egypt are reportedly bickering and trading charges with each other following the unexpected and shocking results of the preliminary presidential elections.
Many of the protesters are now openly questioning whether their months of gritty street politics to oust the Mubarak regime, might have backfired.
According to The Independent, next month’s presidential run-off will see the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi pitted against Ahmed Shafik, a former air force chief of the older regime and Prime Minister during the Mubarak regime, who is widely viewed as the ruling military council’s de facto candidate.
Shereen al-Touny, an activist who co-founded an NGO to monitor parliamentary elections, said she understood why voters had grown weary.
“I am a revolutionary. I went to the streets for all the marches and sit-ins. But I am tired. If I am saying I’m tired, can you imagine what someone sitting on their couch at home is saying?” she questioned.
It has left some activists wondering whether they made a disastrous miscalculation by getting lured into repeated bouts of violence by the military and security forces.
“We didn’t get our message across to the normal citizens. They blame us because they lost their sense of security,” Mona Dadeir, a member of the April 6 youth movement that helped spearhead protests last year, was reported, as saying. (ANI)