Concentrated Power Breeds Corruption, Repression, and Resistance

Ann M. Lesch

in Arab Spring in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165368
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971365 | DOI:
Concentrated Power Breeds Corruption, Repression, and Resistance

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This chapter examines the causes of the uprising, addressing the concentration of power in the hands of the president, the violence unleashed by security forces under the cover of the State of Emergency, and the deepening economic inequality, social injustice, and corruption, which culminated in the deeply fraudulent National Assembly election in 2010. The chapter then examines the multiple modes of opposition, including political mobilization and street protests by concerned citizens, strikes and sit-ins by workers, and cyber-launched efforts to enhance awareness of state repression and corruption. The mass protests that began on January 25, 2011, are seen in the context of deepening public anger at the ruling regime, which erupted into the calls for bread, dignity, freedom, and social justice.

Keywords: concentrated power; State of Emergency; Security Force violence; economic inequality; social injustice; corruption; National Assembly election; political mobilization; street protests; labor strikes; cyber-launched protests

Chapter.  10001 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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