A talk about democracy with Egyptian poet Tarek Kotb.
Usually, writing means tell about real events. Writing means analyze and make a deep search of facts. That’s the beauty of chronicle.
But usually who is writing does not experience those events. Me first. In my search and tales about democracy, I considered Arab Spring and Tahrir Square revolution but obviously I didn’t enjoy it. This is the reason why I ask to Egyptian poet, Tarek Kotb, to give us his personal experience in Tahrir Square on 2011 and to talk about democracy.
What’s democracy for you?
“Democracy for me is to feel that my opinion matters, that I can express myself with no fear, that my vote counts, that I can be part of the decision making process . It’s a feeling more than a procedure”.
Is it easy to built democracy? Is a revolution a first step to build it?
“Building real democracy is not easy, needs a lot of work on building uncorrupt institutions, it requires strong society able to stop anyone thinking to practice dictatorship. Revolution could be a first step, if it is followed by implementing a strategy and having well established entity trying to achieve the goals of the revolutions, some other times revolutions might lead to worse rule, but in all cases revolutions change societies and create new mechanisms”.
When a country is ready for democracy?
“All countries are ready for democracy anytime, it is only the political will that can transform that readiness into reality”.
You lived “Arab Spring”. You were on Tahrir Square. Which were feelings, thoughts and expectations? Are they realized?
“It was the best time of my life, Tahrir Square was an utopia, we had very high expectations (may be that was one of the reasons we became very upset later). It was a great revolution, non-violent, it inspired the whole world not only the Arab people, it achieved its main objective by removing Mubarak and his regime, however, lot of our hopes for the future have not been realized yet, it still requires more efforts and organization”.
How is change Egypt?(If it changes…)
“Egypt witnessed many changes since 2011, positive and negative, it started with complete freedom and almost chaos, ended up with what we have now, state suffering from economic crisis, lack of freedom, lack of politics. Most of the people are really frustrated”.
Do you “breath” democracy right now?
“No, I would be a liar if I say yes, however, I believe that things will change because most of the Egyptians changed and would not accept that”.