Two trains collided with each other in south Cairo, Egypt, killing at least 18 people. What followed was a cry for the Minister of Transportation to resign. Bloggers reaction to the crash and the minister's resignation.
At Egyptian Chronicles, Zeinobia wrote here:
Up till now the death toll is 15 and 40 have been injured , of course these are primary numbers.
She then updated her post adding the following notes:
- The death toll has become 25 and the injured now are 55
- It turned out that a buffalo was the reason of a coalition
- When Mohamed Mubarak [the grandson of the current Egyptian president] – may God bless his soul – passed away , all TV channels and radio stations mourned him for 3 complete days.
- [while this] disaster is that [severe, while] almost all Egyptian TV channels even the private one did not follow up the terrible accident as if they can't alert their holy schedule!
After the accident, it was obvious for the Egyptians that the Minister of Transportation has to resign. And even the governmental newspapers asked him to resign. Ahmed Shaltout writes:
He then wrote about the public service adverts that took place in Ramadan, and kept on attacking the Egyptian citizens as they are the ones who are careless, and destroy the Egyptian Railways Authority's assets.
People in blogs and Twitter too asked the Minister of Transportation – who is also known as Mansour Chevrolet, as he owns a company that is a Chevrolet importer and distributor – to resign:
Some even made fun of the buffalo's involvement:
While some others, asked if the minister is one to accuse or is it someone else.
هل السائق الذى وقف ولم يقوم بأرسال أى أشارة بتوقفه أم شخص أخر لم نعلمه أم الجاموسة التى لم يلاحظها صاحبها وتركها تسير أمام القطار أم صاحب الجاموسة
Is it the train driver who didn't send a signal after stopping his train, or is is someone else we don't know. Is it the buffalo that escaped from its owner and went to walk on the railroad or it is the buffalo's owner?
And at the end the minister decided to resign as expected. And some bloggers believed that the Egyptian train accidents doesn't harm the trains passengers only, but also the Egyptian Transportation ministers are victims of their railways:
The resignation itself caused mixed reactions as some believed that he was forced to resign:
And that's why some others saw it as a charade:
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