Perceptions of counter-revolution in Egypt

From CNN this afternoon:

“These sentiments are reflected in the 2011 Arab Public Opinion Poll, conducted by University of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami and released Monday. Some 21% of respondents believe that Egypt’s military rulers are working to advance the gains of the revolution, while double that figure — 43% — say they are trying to slow or reverse the gains [my emphasis]. The survey of 750 Egyptians, conducted between October 22 and 30, has a margin of error of 3.7%.”

“People here feel that they have been cheated and that they have moved from an autocracy to a military dictatorship,” protester Mosa’ab Elshamy said. “So they are back to the square — back to square one — to ask for their rights once again.”

On the streets of Cairo, some protesters have gone further — shouting that they believe Mubarak is running the military council and, in fact, the entire country from prison.

About jackgoldstone

Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University
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