Zizo Abdu: Reclaiming Egypt's revolution

Zizo Abdu: Reclaiming Egypt's revolution
2 min read
10 February, 2015
Watch: Al-Araby al-Jadeed speaks to activist Zizo Abdu about the future of Egypt's protest movement, and how the country can win back the gains of the 2011 revolution.

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On 25 January 2011, protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and celebrated a historic event - the people had overthrown the regime of Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled over the country for more than 30 years.

From there, the revolution stumbled and stuttered as Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, issued deeply unpopular constitutional decrees and isolated secularists.

The death knell for the revolution came when a military coup overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government and imprisoned Morsi.

Egypt's new president, a former defence minister, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, won the election that rubber-stamped his power with a comfortable 97 percent of the votes - a margin even bigger than Bashar al-Assad's "electoral win". 

A politically weary Egyptian population have increasingly turned away from protest and dissent since Sisi's takeover in favour of a quieter life, but the spirit of the revolution continues with a group of young activists.

Zizo Abdu has played a pivotal role in the protest movement since the days of Mubarak, and aligned himself with other disillusioned youth who fought the state for freedom and political representation.

A number of his comrades ended up behind bars, and Abdu remains committed to freeing them.

Abdu's new pressure group looks at capturing the vigour and energy of the protest movement during the 2011 revolution. It has a simple title that reflects the group's message to the establishment - We Have Had Enough.

The name is adopted from an article penned by activist Alaa Abdel Fattah who continues to languish in an Egyptian jail. We Have Had Enough campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience, such as Fattah. 

The activists want to hold security forces and politicians accountable for the deaths and arrests of protesters, and tackle rampant inequality through better wages and workers' rights.

Its ultimate aim is to reclaim the 2011 revolution, and bring the country back to its route to democracy, freedom and justice.

Abdu speaks to al-Araby al-Jadeed about the future of Egypt's protest movement, and how all Egyptians can work together to reclaim the revolution and live in dignity.