Excuse Me?


Egypt’s President Morsi continually makes the claim that he is the ‘President for all Egyptians’. Suzy Hanna thinks otherwise.



One of my favourite lines from Shrek was from Lord Farquaad. The unjust, self-centered tyrant says “Some of you may die, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.” And audiences around the world laughed at the absurdity of the statement.

Imagine my surprise when in a prominent conference, ironically on violence against women, the President of Egypt declares “I am the President after the revolution. And if I have to sacrifice people, then I will.”

Excuse me?

This is not a cartoon character making a ludicrous statement for laughs. This is a President of a nation making statements about human lives. How dare he speak of lives as if they are trivial and devoid of value? How dare he reduce the lives of people to an inconvenience that he may terminate at his whim?

For every person who repeats the statement that Morsi is an elected President. I am sorry but he has lost his legitimacy.

When he takes away the rights of the High Court of Egypt, he has lost his legitimacy. When he makes the ridicules and mocks the justice system in Egypt as if being a big joke, he has lost his legitimacy. I still wait the day that someone can explain to me what the new Constitution means, when it says that the only limits to legislations are those imposed by legislatures.

Excuse me?

What then is the role of the High Court, when it decides on the legitimacy of legislation? Apparently, legislatures can legislate without limits. That being the case, why not liquidate and shut down the High Court completely, since it is a waste of valuable space?

When he incites violence against members of the media because they speak out against him, he has lost his legitimacy. Daily, journalists face court cases for questioning or satirizing the president.  Welcome to Egypt, Democracy, it is so nice to meet you.

I’m sorry, President Morsi, but you are not the President of ‘all Egyptians’ as you say. You are not the President of the Port Said fathers, whom you have left drowning in the blood of their children. The seas of tears of the mothers of those bludgeoned to their deaths, will never wash the blood off your hands.

You are not the President of the Christians whom you have placed as second-class citizens who get persecuted on a daily basis, whether on public transport, on the streets, in protests, in schools – simply because of their religion. And the detained Egyptians in Libya who are tortured to their deaths, you have forsaken. You are not the President of the poor whom you have all but crushed under the burdens you have placed on them. The poor have no jobs, they have no medicine and they have no bread. Instead of fixing injustices, you place burdens upon those that can carry no more. Increasing the tax on baby milk powder because it is not a necessary product?

Excuse me?

You are not the President of journalists and political opponents whom you try to silence, first by threats, then by detainment. You are not the President of the judges whom you have left paralyzed. You are not the President of teachers who when they cry out at the state of the education system, you respond by taking out parts of history so you can teach what you wish. You are not the President of the revolutionaries whom you called ‘children’. Those ‘children’ that you hold in such low esteem, are the reason that you are in power and no longer in a prison in Wadee Natroun. You hold their blood cheap, yet it is because of their blood that you are now free. What does this say about your freedom?

You are the President of the Brotherhood. You are the President of the Brotherhood buildings and the Morshed, the Brotherhood Spiritual Guide, whom you protected in the Moqattam, while people were being set alight outside. (Those set alight were Brotherhood supporters, but that is irrelevant. Injustice is injustice. And you let it happen.)

You are not a lawful President. For if you speak like a cartoon tyrant who holds zero legitimacy in a democratic world, then I will respond to you as one.


Suzy Hanna is member of The Australian Coptic Movement Association working within the media and public  relations area. With a Bachelor in Law/Arts, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor in Arts (Honours) and  Bachelor in Secondary Teaching, Suzy’s education and personal interest in sociological affairs of Copts and Egypt  has  seen her on the front lines of elevating the Coptic Cause. Suzy has fronted an array of media outlets including  SBS  Broadcasting, Sky and local and independent media. You can contact Suzy via suzy@auscma.com.

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