Nasserist presidential contender Hamdeen Sabahi celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the Egyptian Movement for Change – better known as the “Kefaya” protest movement – on Monday.
“Kefaya broke all the taboos imposed by the former regime,” Sabahi declared via Twitter.
Kefaya was founded in 2004 by a handful of prominent Egyptian politicians and intellectuals, including activists George Ishaq and Abdel Halim Kandil. The movement, which had vocally opposed the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, brought together political activists from liberal, Islamist and leftist backgrounds.
The first public protest organised by Kefaya was on 12 December 2004 at Egypt’s Supreme Court in Cairo. As a result, Kefaya members suffered years of persecution at the hands of the Mubarak regime.
Sabahi added that the pro-democracy movement had been the first to take a stand against plans by Mubarak to groom his son Gamal to succeed him as president. The group had also been the first to galvanise different political forces to take a stand against the autocratic Mubarak regime and fight for social justice and respect for the rule of law, Sabahi added.