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'Abused' Brotherhood has become the 'abuser': Psychiatrist

New rulers are mimicking the practices of Mubarak and Egyptians are suffering from post-revolution stress and anxiety; says renowned psychiatrist Ahmed Okasha

Ahram Online, Thursday 25 Oct 2012
Muslim Brotherhoods pursue same road of the old regime
Egyptian psychiatrist Ahmed Okasha (Photo: AL-Ahram Al Mesaai)
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Prominent Egyptian psychiatrist Ahmed Okasha, head of the Egyptian Psychiatry Association, asserted Wednesday that the so-called "Brotherhoodisation of the state" has already taken place. His statements came during an interview with Al-Arabia news channel.

Oskasha explained that the Muslim Brotherhood is pursuing the same road as the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP).

"Usually, the abused takes the same road of his abuser," said Okasha, using the example of Israeli torment of the Palestinians, which is similar to Jewish torment under Hitler.

Elaborating on the point, Okasha gave the example of the Brotherhood's claim that they would compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections for 100 per cent of the available seats.

"Isn't Mubarak's statement, 'Let them enjoy their time,' one of the main reasons behind the revolution?" questioned Okasha.

For Okasha, it is expected that the first parliament and government after a revolution wouldn't be better than that it replaced, elaborating that all the regimes after the Orabi revolution in 1880 oppressed the people.

Okasha said that the collective conscience of the Egyptian people after January 25 Revolution was in a state of fragmentation and flux.

"People now suffer from anxiety, fear, depression, and dealing with a vague future," Okasha said.

Accordingly, many people now tend towards extreme positions, whether in love, hatred, revenge or even religion.

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