“What the dream is!” – Alaa Abdalfattah

Julian Assange on his show: “The World Tomorrow” asks the Egyptian revolutionary Alaa AbdAlfattah about “The dream”, the dream Alaa mentioned in his article Al-Holm Awalan (The Dream First). Alaa’s answer… is poetic, it is revolutionary, it is confused, that genuine confusing which comes from active questioning, it occupies space and it is just so real. Alaa gave me MY “I have a dream” speech and it goes as follows (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdVoBlABSpc , min: 16:58-19:46) :

“There is no articulation of what that dream is.

It’s certainly not a boring western representative democracy where your nation could go on a war like UK went without the consent of the population, where electing the president who promised hope is exactly the same as electing the president who didn’t promise hope as happened in the U.S..

The dream is what makes your work unnecessary Julian, the dream is a democracy that doesn’t give rise to Occupy Wall Street and Occupy London and the Greek riots.

… It is strong, it still lives there, but it has not been articulated, we do not have a theory, yet.

The dream, you see it in moments when you can become poetic like I did in that article, you can see it in the graffiti. That’s why it’s been very much tied to the martyrs, we don’t just treat them as people who died, they are immortal.

It is not in their sacrifice but it is in how we see their sacrifice, how we re-express their sacrifice, how we keep their memory living, there we touch what the dream is. But I cannot tell you what it is exactly.

And it is in moment of battles actually that I almost can touch it.

When we are battling the police, there are always these moments of ceasefire, they don’t last for too long, I think there are usually when the police are refilling their ammunition and so on.

And when the police stop firing we stop automatically.

But in these moments, you know, you find that people have formed circles.

You’ve got fires all over the place, because people have been using Molotov cocktails or something like that.

So these fires become like a bonfire, people are sitting around it.

Tea, suddenly, street merchants come out, out of the blue.

And the people are drinking tea, and singing together.

There is a post-modern state that we are trying to reach and we don’t know what it is exactly.

But this is why we are having a revolution not just an orderly reform.

And this is why it doesn’t actually matter what the U.S. government wants and what Aljazeera is doing, and so on.

Because it’s about something that’s much deeper.

And I don’t know if we are going to win it this time, and I don’t know if we are going to win it in my lifetime.

But it’s enough,

that I,

… on an almost weekly bases, that I get moments when I can almost touch it”




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