Banning YouTube, banning alcohol, what’s next Egypt?
by christinem on February 17, 2013 - 11:08pm
On Sunday the 17th of February 2013, the vice president of the New Urban Communities Authorities (NUCA), Nabil Abbas announced that the Egyptian government would no longer give any new alcohol licences that would allow the sale of alcohol in new urban areas. He also stated that the old licences won’t be renewed but will still be valid until they expire. According to an article written by Marwa Awad and Shaimaa Fayed and published on Reuters Canada’s website on the 17th of February 2013, Abbas affirmed that this decision was taken for the sake of the population’s security by concluding that “the sale of alcohol leads to problems including attacking women and randomly ringing doorbells of people's homes”. Influential professor of jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University and member of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Saad El-Din Helaly opposes this decision fearing a fatal impact on tourism and asks that only some kinds of alcohol such as wine should be restricted. Karim Mohsen who is part of the Egyptian Travel Agents Association and director of a tourism firm asserted that banning alcohol would have a very dramatic effect on tourism in Egypt. As an Egyptian, I believe that the government exceeded its limits once again and has gone too far. Banning alcohol because it encourages “randomly ringing doorbells of people's homes” would exactly be the same as imposing the Hijab (the veil) to every Egyptian woman, because showing their hair encourages men to attack them. By banning the sale of alcohol, Morsi is killing his country’s economy by reducing to nothing what is left of tourism in Egypt. He is also killing his population’s freedom. He is considering every Egyptian as an immature creature who has no notion of moderation. On the other hand, another possible reason behind this action could be imposing implicitly an Islamic vision on Egypt that prohibits the consumption of any alcoholic substance. The Egyptian population needs to stand up and fight for their rights and their economy. Awareness should be spread to wake up the population especially on Facebook where the government would not have the chance to censor the exposed content. Following this awareness, a movement could start where peaceful demonstrations would show the government that the population is conscious and opposed to what is happening. Also worldwide awareness should be spread to show to the world how the Egyptian rights are being stolen from the population. Maybe the Egyptian movement could be supported by other people for different countries which would give them much more credibility and influence on the government. It is always harder to commit an injustice when you are aware that the whole world is watching you!
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