Egypt’s Arab spring in 2011 promised so much for the youngsters that they went along and protested against the violent dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak.
Instead, they first got the Muslim Brotherhood for a year, who was then upon their turn overthrown by the military, who have now installed President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi.
It does seem to be going a bit better and tends towards providing the small liberties for young Egyptians that the Turks also enjoy, but don’t be mistaken, Egypt is not free and democratically minded just yet.
Tourists from Europe who go to the resorts do not get to meet the real Egyptians or what they think.
Here to remind us all of the values that Egypt, one of the largest countries in the Middle East, still holds, is Mr. Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative, who appears regularly on national tv panels to discuss draft laws.
Mr al-Wahsh represents what some would call ‘the old guard’. When he was asked how he thought about current fashion trends for young women, who sometimes walk through the streets in ripped jeans à la Kardashian you could say, Mr al-Wahsh gave this telling answer:
"Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?"
“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”
“Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”
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The Egyptian National Council has seen the television program and said it would be filing a complaint against Mr al-Wahsh.
A government statement read: “All the members of the council denounce and decry this statement that explicitly promotes rape and sexual harassment.”