By Lama Tawakkol
CAIRO, Egypt – With the approach of the first year mark of the start of the Egyptian uprising last January, things are heating up and tension is building across the country.
Almost a year after the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak and the assumption of power by the Supreme Council for Armed Forces, Egyptian citizens are far from satisfied.
When the military took over, it promised the people parliamentary elections in September and presidential elections by December. But as time passed and things progressed, the people found themselves engrossed in legal debates, exaggerated sectarian strife and increasing political divisions.
The violence and aggression inherited from the Mubarak regime persisted and so did almost everything else. The change was too small to be felt and too insignificant with regards to the people's initial democratic demands and the lives lost in the quest for them.
While some people remain in support of SCAF – just as some remained supportive of Mubarak during the first 18 days – most of the public believes it is time for the military leaders to go. They are not willing to wait for six months as Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi urged them two months ago.
Looking back at the past year and what it brought, all people can see is the same thing as before: media used to propagate the regime's ideas, violence in response to peaceful protests, poverty, inflation and efforts to divide and conquer. Revolutionaries have been labeled thugs and some have even been put in jail and charged with the most unreasonable crimes.
The question persists about what is it that SCAF wants and what their plan is, because there's bound to be one. They claim support for the revolution yet do all they can for an entire year to bring it down.
They imprison youth leaders and work on damaging the reputations of others, in addition to the numerous times the army has had a direct hand in the killing of protestors since January 25.
The people have lost all faith in them. Now, the mood is one of cynical bitterness mixed with vows to continue on the path to freedom on the same day it all began a year ago.
January 25th, 2012 is no longer considered the first anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, only the anniversary of its start. The revolution here isn’t finished – not yet, not until the people's legitimate demands are met and actual change is felt.
Despite efforts on behalf of SCAF and the military government to transform the day into a carnival-like celebration, the protestors won't allow them. The people are going back to the streets on that day to finish what they started.