The long march toward revolution: 3 Egyptian students debate their country’s future

Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps
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On the Radar

As the unrest in Egypt continues, with violence sporadically breaking out between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the interim government that replaced him, the political future of the country remains unclear.

In this episode of “On the Radar,” we sit down with three Egyptian students – all with differing perspectives on the political crisis in their country – to discuss their outlook for the future of Egypt.

Khaled Ashraf, a recent graduate of Helwan University in Cairo, is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and believes that the interim government is unfairly painting Morsi supporters as terrorists.

“There is no evidence for this,” Ashraf says, going on to talk specifically about a recent Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at the Rabaa al-Adaweyah mosque in Cairo, during which many protestors were killed and there were reports of torture inside the sit-in.

“A lot of people were in Rabaa, and I was one of them, and there is no one single weapon that are shooting out onto the police … and there is not any clue about being a terrorist,” Ashraf says.

But Miral Brinjy, a student at the American University of Cairo, takes issue with Ashraf’s position. She is supportive of the new interim government and believes the military has acted professionally its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

“What do you call a protester who is carrying a machine gun?” Brinjy asks. “I think it's already been established that some of them were militants, and I just think that the state has the complete authority and all the rights to counter that.”

Mohamed Abdel Hamid, a recent graduate of the University of Cairo, is neither supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood nor the interim government.

When asked where his ambiguous stance leaves him in the spectrum of political perspectives within Egypt, Hamid responds that “it leaves me with the revolution.”

“I'm trying to defend some values like the right to protest, the right to have a sit-in, the right to engage in politics, all of the regimes we've had since the revolution have been trying to overthrow these rights, and I believe they were equally bad,” Hamid says.

To hear more about what these students think the future holds for their country, including what they believe Tahrir Square represents today more than two years after the revolution that ultimately brought Morsi to power, check out this episode of “On the Radar.”

 Alexandra Dukakis, Adam Makary, Shadi Foley and Hakim Suleiman contributed to this episode.