Western lon-term strategy to democratise the Arabic and wider Islamic world passes through events like this. One of the most important issues in a democracy is the clear division between political and judiciary powers and Egypt has started that path. Mubarak or not, Muslim brotherhood or not, they will evenctually succeed because once the seed of Democracy is planted, you just cannot arrest its growth.
So, with all the question marks we might want to pin on this, let’s still support Egyptian judges for their struggle is a true democratic one.
If they succeed (and they will) then, like a castle of cards, true democracy will roll!
“I am proud to be one of the early Egyptians who wrote about the new emerging revolution of the Egyptian judges
back in July 2005
and the dire need for supporting
them in December 2005
before the judges’ massacre started early this year. And I was right, it has started against the judges and it is taking many Egyptians on the way in mass detentions. Detentions have started last week April and rounded around 52 Egyptians.August 2005,
the honorable judges set their conditions for supervising
the elections and their demands were overruled and the elections process was rigged. The demands led to a growing tension between the Judges and the regime
. Following the elections’ results, the Egyptian judges were outspoken over the rigged results, something that was not so much appreciated by the Egyptian regime and President Mubarak.In February 2006
, in an apparent escalation with the judges, judges Mahmoud Mekki and Hisham Bastawisi’s immunity was lifted
in preparation to refer them to a disciplinary hearing for being outspoken about the right to an independent Judiciary and the irregularities that marred the last legislative elections in November and December 2005.In March, popular rallying began in the streets of Cairo in support of the Egyptian judges
demands for independent judiciary.In April,
the regime takes the chance to clamp down on Egyptians
who are showing support to the demands of judges. Around 52 Egyptian protesters
in solidarity with the judges were detained during the last week of April. One of them is an activist blogger called Malek
. On April 23,
I went to the sit-in site in front of the Judges Club
. Some Egyptian Copts joined the judges in their Easter day when they were supposed to be celebrating with families. At dawn, April 24
, a security force attacked and detained the peaceful protestors destroying their signs and detained several of them. When Judge Mahmoud Hamza tried to save the protestors
he was beaten and dragged in the street. Egyptian riot police stole his gun and cell while beating him.April 27,
on the day of the disciplinary hearing for judges judges Mahmoud Mekki and Hisham Bastawisi
, popular rallies gathered in the streets of Cairo's down town. Riot police cordoned the protesters and started beating them with sticks.
After the hearing of two judges who had accused the judiciary of helping to rig elections was adjourned to May 11, their syndicate (Judges Club) held an assembly during which they vowed to keep up the pressure on President Hosni Mubarak.
In a statement released after their meeting
, the judges called for "democracy through free elections which allow a real change of regime."
They also called for "the abolition of all exception laws, including the state of emergency, and for the freedom to form political parties without any restrictions."
And here we go the swirl of violence is starting with an adequate procedure
. It is battle of survival of the regime.