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When the state recognizes classes

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When leading Revolutionary Socialist activist Haytham Mohamadein was detained, we thought it might be a while before he’s out. And the situation only worsened when lawyer Ramy Ghanem leaked the absurd charges directed towards Haytham. Thankfully, he was released without bail, and business is back to normal – or so it seems.

1273309_246194435533112_87064644_oThere’s much to comment about with this incident, but I was intrigued to look into the charges, and focus on this one:

You are charged with founding and managing the organization of the Revolutionary Socialists that incites to empower a certain social class against society as a whole, and overhaul the social systems of the state.

I find that absolutely fascinating, especially when taking into consideration that the prosecutor indicated that he is also the judge and that Haytham was being interrogated in State Security, and therefore the prosecutor has full power to sentence Haytham to however long he see fit. All within a fully legal framework.

First of all, the charge uses the word for empowering. In a ‘normal’ society, why would there ever be room for empowerment if people are coexisting together? And when was empowering ever a negative action, regardless of the recipients?

More importantly, that ‘certain social class’, implying the working class, or more broadly, the proletariat, is a direct recognition of the socioeconomic hierarchy within society that completely contradicts the common belief that we’re all in this together. All of the rhetoric of abdicating poverty with charity, and working hard to easily move up the social pyramid where there’s room for everybody – all wiped out. This is officially a state where there are classes – some obviously more privileged than others – and there is a harmonious relationship between them, and an unwritten rule (which now seems to be pen on paper) that no one should disrupt this ‘system’.

These are classes recognized by the state, and, although some of the citizens are poor, the state and the people are pleased to leave it this way.

Three years ago, State Security would’ve never needed to indicate charges, and they would’ve never been interested in releasing Haytham. But now they’re being cautious, and are forced to fabricate charges to give it a little more legitimacy to the extent of recognizing the different classes within the Egyptian society. Little do they know that this will come back to haunt them very soon.

And that, my friends, is a revolution in progress.

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