Kefaya defied Mubarak-era taboos: Sabahi

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Dec 2011

Potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi lauds Kefaya protest movement, now 7 years old, for pioneering stand against former regime

A protest for Kefaya movement before revolution
A protest by Kefaya movement against succession before revolution (Photo:Internet)

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.‎

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