Local Egyptian Offers Insight Into Unrest in Egypt

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

August 22, 2013

Mohammed Eitaa calls Charlottesville his home, but he says he is still connected to his home-city in Egypt and even went back for the first protests against Mubarak in 2011, but ever since he's watched this all unfold on television, and it has not been easy on him.

"When it hits your city, the people you see everyday in mourning, when you find a relative or a friend that was in a different place and they got killed or got shot...you feel..." says Eitaa, pausing to gather his thoughts, "...I'm guilty because I felt I was secure but now it's getting me"

Longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is out of prison and under house arrest, and Eitaa says his release has made many things crystal clear about whats going on in his home country.

"...this is a blood coup. A counter-revolution to bring back the regime that we tried to get rid of. We tried to get rid of Mubarak's regime but unfortunately we just got rid of the tip of this pyramid." says Eitaa.

The first democratically elected President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, was thrown out of office on July 3, and Eitaa fears Mubarak's release will ignite the regime even more.

"There's one facebook page that started the re-election of Mubarak 2016, so that tells you what their mentality is." says Eitaa.

"If you want to re-own the country, they think the country (has) come back to them."

At one time there was hope for democracy in Egypt, but Eitaa feels that Thursday marks a very large step backwards.

Eitaa says he plans to make a trip back to Egypt very soon, if it is possible. But he hopes at some point the United States will step in to stop the violence going on in the country.

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