Locals React to Latest Egyptian Uprising

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

Protestors took to the street Wednesday in Egypt for mass celebrations following the overthrow of Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohammad Morsi.

But some Egyptian-Americans in Mid-Michigan aren't sharing the same feelings.

Shimaa Mousa, a graduate student at Michigan State said it's not quite the outcome she was hoping for.

"I'm very disappointed," she said. "I was hoping that, given that Morsi had been elected democratically that he would continue carrying on the legacy of democracy."

While it might seem like progress to some, Mousa said she thinks the most recent uprising is a step in the wrong direction.

"Coming from 30 some years of dictatorship under Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had finally taken a step toward democracy by holding those elections," Mousa said.

"I was hoping that my fellow Egyptians could be a little more patient."

But Russell Lucas, a professor of Arab studies at Michigan State said patience might not have been an option.

"It's a really good example of the power of the people and of mass demonstrations even though President Morsi was democratically elected he didn't govern like he was," Lucas said.

"It's a period of a lot of activity and a lot of instability and we'll have to see in the long-run how well this establishes democracy."

Russell said he never expected Egypt's transition from a dictatorship to a democracy to be quick and easy.

"Democracy is a lot more than just elections," he said. "It takes a lot of careful attentions by everyone involved to make sure that the rules of the game wind up being fair for everyone.

Ultimately Mousa said she hopes the uprising and transition of power will remain peaceful.

"I'm cautiously optimstic," she said. "Whatever is done, no violence, I think that's what all Egyptian-Americans and Egyptians hope for is no violence."


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