Source: Brookings Institute
Author(s): H. A. Hellyer
February 1, 2012. At least 72 football fans killed, more than 500 injured. A stadium in Port Said, Egypt.
Three years, one week later: February 8, 2015. At least 30 football fans killed, more than 70 injured.
June 30 Stadium, Cairo.
In Tahrir Square today, there is no memorial marking the dead who fell over the course of the 18 day uprising that made that square so famous internationally. There is a flag — a large, fluttering flag, meant to symbolise the unity of the Egyptian people and the republic they are members of. In a few weeks, Egyptians will go to the polls to vote for an institution that is meant to represent the people of that republic. But that parliament is flawed before it even assembles — as is the republic that it will claim to represent. Because until accountability is assured and protected, the lessons will not be learned and history, with all its warts and boils, repeats itself…
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