We, a group of Egyptians living abroad, believe we have the opportunity to support our sisters and brothers in their fight for freedom. We particularly have something to offer because we can access the world’s cyberspace, unlike our fellow besieged people in Egypt at this moment.
We believe that the crackdown on media and the internet will not stop the people of Egypt from going forward with their revolution. Moreover, we believe the measures taken to thwart the revolution do nothing but add to its fuel. We, Egyptians abroad, despite the distance, have the will to participate in overthrowing a regime that has been systematically torturing, impoverishing, and suppressing its people for the past 30 years. We are hopeful that this statement and set of suggestions will reach the conventional channels of news (not the internet) and cross the siege to reach the people of Egypt, so they can consider it.
Therefore, we think it will be better for Egypt now to have a temporary shadow government that enjoys popularity and acceptance among the people as an alternative to the current regime. In this state of lawlessness and anarchy, we believe that a shadow government could then come down to discuss the future of Egypt with the military and the international community representing the people of Egypt. We believe this can speed up the process of overthrowing Mubarak, an eminent and unavoidable reality, and make the restoration of law and order sooner than later. It restores calm and saves lives.
We urge the Egyptian people to appoint a shadow president and a spokesperson to deliver their demands and speak on their behalf. The obvious name that comes up to our mind is Mohamed Elbaradei due to his huge popularity, connection with different opposition groups in Egypt and governments and organizations around the world, but more importantly, for the influence that he had in igniting the revolution since he returned to
Osama Diab, London-based journalist and writer
AbdulRahman El-Taliawi, Milano-based activist for Change
Amira Mohsen, London-based journalist
Nermine Wally, Paris-based socioeconomic researcher
Ibrahim Ismail, Jeddah-based civil engineer
Amira Elhawary, Australia-based photographer
Maher Hamoud, London-based journalist
Youssef Daoud, Paris-based lawyer