Egyptians Plan Protests for #June30 to Topple Muslim Brotherhood Rule

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Egyptians are back to the drawing board planning protests for June 30 to “topple the regime.” The date, being circulated on social media under the hashtag #June30, marks the first anniversary of the rule of President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood candidate, who was elected after massive protests started on January 25, 2011, had uprooted Hosni Mubarak.

During this year, many Egyptians believe that Morsi's rule has brought more woes to Egypt. The utter deterioration in all aspects of the state is igniting the building anger, which will be the backdrop of the #30June protests, which are planned across the country. The main demand of the protests is “down with the president and the Muslim Brotherhood Rule.”

Despite the strong calls and the general agreement on the cause, yet there is an equally strong feeling of discomfort as well as uncertainty clouding up the whole scene.

One of the most common and most important questions being brought up is, do we have a plan? M.J.Y popped the question:

@sotsoy: So what's the plan for #june30? Does the opposition have something in place if they succeed? #tamarod

In a reply to the same question, Ziad M said [ar]:

@ZiadM: يعنى فى الفتره اللى فاتت مفيش ولا حزب سياسى نجح انه يقدم كيان قادر انه يقدم حلول بديله لمشاكل اداره البلد !! كله كلام عايم

During the past period not a single political party has proved capable enough to offer alternate solutions to run the country, they just talk.

Blogger Zeinab Samir believes that participating and encouraging the street to say no is a duty. She wrote in her blog post [ar]:

إنت نازل عشان البنزين أو العيش أو الكهربا أو النيل أو قناة السويس أو الديون أو الجنود اللي بتتخطف أو العيال اللي بتموت في حوادث أتوبيسات أو عشان نازل تقول لأ للإسلاميين اللي صدموك

You are going to protest because of the lack of fuel, electricity, the Nile dilemma, Suez Canal, our debts, our kidnapped soldiers in Sinai, and those who die in bus crashes everyday, or are you protesting to say no to Islamists.

Another side talk about the huge participation of the “felool” or the old regime supporters, who are said to be supportive of the return of the military rule. Yet again, that is not hailed by the masses who were out in the streets throughout a year and half to end the military rule, confirms Egyptian Poet Amin Haddad [ar]:

@AminFHaddad: نطالب بانتهاء حكم الإخوان لا بانتهاء الإخوان ونطالب بأهداف الثورة لا بعودة حكم مبارك والعسكر.

Our demand is to end the Muslim Brotherhood rule and attain the revolution goals and not to have Mubarak or the Supreme Council for Armed Forced (SCAF) back.

In a positive affirmation, Wael Eskandar wrote:

@weskandar: Felool are loyal to their businessmen and Islamists are loyal to their leaders but most revolutionaries are loyal to their values.

The perplexed and hesitant tone however has certainly vanished; whether a revolutionary, felool, decided, or undecided – they have changed their position shortly after a provocative speech given by the Egyptian President in Solidarity with Syria. Fathy Saad, who was hesitant about his participation, said:

@fathysaad: شكرًا #مرسي فقد كنت متردد في النزول يوم ٣٠ يونيو ولكن بعد سماعي لخطابك الغبي حسمت امري وسوف انزل بإذن الله

Thank you Morsi, I was hesitant whether to go down to the streets on June 30th or not, yet after this stupid speech, I have made up my mind, I will take part.

We are 10 days away from #June30, and most governorates have already started daily protests – and the wave of anger seems a bit closer than planned.

For more reactions from Twitter, check out the hashtag #June30.


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