Tags / Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
11, June, 2014
Video shows dates market in Shubra, Cairo, prior to Ramadan, and interviews with people talking about the market situation in Egypt.
Mohamad Mustafa al-Bahrawi, Employee:
“Things are available but very expensive, and it is not obtainable by people with limited wages, this situation might be because things are imported from outside of Egypt or because of the greed of merchants”.
Um Eisa, Dates sales person:
“The market situation is really good and there is a huge turn out to buy things, and the prices are reasonable and obtainable by everybody except for the Syrian "Amr aldin" (a type of sweets made of apricot), which is a bit expensive. The turn out is huge because of their excitement for president al-Sisi”.
Presidential elections are being held in Egypt between 26th and 28th of May 2014. Only two candidates are in the run: former army general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and left wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.
Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign was not only underfunded but faced an uphill battle against the heavy favorite and former army chief, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Despite the low numbers and resources, campaigners and supporters brought high levels of energy to Hamdeen’s events.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's campaign was much better funded than Sabahi’s. The former general’s photos littered the city as campaigners and supporters sought to draw a connection between him, military presidents of the past, and patriotism.
May 27, 2014
Activist video shows a low voter turn out at a polling station in the city of Hayha, in the al-Sharqiah province of Egypt. The activist shooting the video claims that this footage is evidence of a possible boycott of the election in the city. May 27 is the second and final day of voting in the election.
The video also shows a vehicle with loud speakers promoting presidential candidate Adbel Fattah al-Sisi. According to the activists who shot this video this act is considered a violation of the election process.
The video is about the ways people supported Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Some by themselves, some in a more organized way, but the campaign of Sisi lacked one thing: Sisi himself.
-Popular campaign: 0'00'' to 00'53'' (+ Quote 1'20'')
People hung posters in the streets of Cairo in advance of the Presidential Elections. Many people put their pictures together with the one of would-be presidential candidate Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in order to get their image associated with the expected next president.
Mohamed Yousef, the owner of a Bakery (bread is subsidiez by the state), is one of those who hung his picture together with Sisi's and he explains that the military background of the former general and Minister of Defense (under which position he ousted the former and elected president Mohamed Morsi, from the Muslim Brotherhood) is enough to trust him:
- Tamarrod Office: 0'53 to 2'31''
As Sisi comes from a military background, he does not have a political party. One of the groups that sided by him, away from the popular campaign, is the Tamarrod (Rebel) Movement, which had splitted itself between Sisi supporters and non supporters beforehand. This group, allegedly linked to the military establishment on that time, collected millions of signatures to force Mohamed Mursi out of office. That move ended in the 30th of June, 2013 demonstrations and the ousting of the democratically elected President 3 days later.
Ramy Salah Eddin explains two things (See script), one linked to the fact that people hang posters on the streets and one about the unique campaign of Sisi, who never appeared in public.
In fact, Sisi didn't appear nor released a program before elections, but his vision. Just media interviews, a couple of Skype connections and many private meetings with businessmen, media men and unions, as well as foreign representatives. Hamdeen Sabahi, the other candidate, didn't see the EU special envoy, Catherine Ashton, for alleged problems with traffic.
Ramy's event: 2'30'' to 3'23''
Ramy, the Tamarrod Central Comitee member, was very interested in pleasing Sisi, and he organized an event in Abdeen Palace square (central Cairo) in support of him. Ramy's Tamarrod office in Sayeda Zeinab had become the campaign headquarters in the neighbourhood and Ramy claimed to have been personally greted by Sisi. The act, which counted also with the participation of the leader of the Gad Party, and Tamarrod's Mahmoud Bakr, was very important, perhaps, to Ramy's political future, but the attendance was very small.
People in Egypt assumed beforehand that Sisi was the only chance, and nobody cared about the campaign. Little is known about Sisi, who made his way through the armed forces. Yet people, believe him, mainly because he got rid of the Muslim Brotherhood.
0'00'' Banner in favor of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed by: World Unity for the Sufi Path. Zayeda Zeinab neighborhood.
0'04' A banner in which people from Sayeda Zeinab is together with the one of Sisi.
0'09'' Poster of a child with Sisi to street level.
0'18'' A banner in a street of Zayida Zeinab.
0'21'' An alley in Zayeda Zeinab, in front of Mohamed Yousef's bakery. He is under the photo.
0'25'' A zoom of the poster Mohamed Yousef has hanging on the street.
0'29'' Yousef checking his notes inside the bakery.
0'36'' Mohamed Yousef: "Because he’s patriot, we have the military organization culture.The one which always built Egypt was the military, the one who keeps it is the military. The Egyptian patriotism and the factory of men is the Egyptian army".
0'53'' Wide outside of the Tamarrod office in Zayeda Zeinab.
0'57'' detail of the Tamarrod…Rebel sign together with the official image of Sisi's campaign.
1'01'' Same than before from inside.
1'04'' Volunteers for the Sisi campaign inside Tamarrod's office
1'08'' Ramy Salah Eddin's banner in favor of Sisi in Tamarrod's campaign to center of the room.
1'15'' Ramy writing on his desk.
1'20'' "I am a special case because I am from the Central Committee member of the Rebel movement (Tamarrod), so it’s normal the existence of connection between us and Sisi, but there are people who put their photos beside his because they love him sincerely and they do this for nothing, they want just say that they love Scaff Sisi and some others who belongs to the former regime of Mubarak because they hope and dream if they did that they could be Member of Parliament at Sisi era.
1'55'' Zoom on Ramy
2'00'' When he renounced from the military (and accepted run for President), the Mushir (Leader of the armed forces) Sisi said that his campaign was going to be unconventional, a campaign which no one had seen before. Why? Because he is the Mushir Sisi, we see him as a unique man, unrepeatable like Naser. When he became a leader, Naser was The Only One and we are saying Sisi is only one. He is different from any one else.
2'31'' Ramy giving an interview in the event he organized in central Cairo.
2'36'' Closer look
2'41''Sisi's electoral campaign event attendance.
2'47'' A Sisi supporter with a tank over his head, a cross, an Egyptian flag and a photoshopped collage of Egyptian presidents, including Sisi.
2'51'' Looking to the stage
2'56'' Most of the place is empty.
3'01'' Ramy heading to the stage.
3'06'' Ramy on the stage.
3'13'' Zoom on the stage from the back of the room to wider view. Empty space.
Conference held on May10, 2014, by “The People Command Movement” in “Al Safir” hotel, Cairo, Egypt, to support presidential election candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Sayed delivers the tasty rice, macaroni and lentil dish, Kushari, by bicycle around central Cairo. His bike is also a traveling advertisement for his favorite presidential election candidate.
I have loved Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever since the second revolution, which completes the revolution of 25 January.
I saw the picture being sold in Al Jalaa square, and I thought, I love this man, why not get a picture of him, so I got it, but every time I go up to a building, I come back to find the picture shredded, so I covered it in barbed wires and covered it in plastic so no one can shred it, and to tell whoever was doing that, no matter what you do, he is the one on my mind, and you cannot change what is in my heart.
It is not a commercial, it is not, I am displaying my love for this guy for nothing in return, some people see me and tell me how much does he pay you per hour? If I was doing this thing for money I would have roamed around in this bike everywhere, but no, all I am waiting for is for this man to lead Egypt in an honorable way.
We are much better than others, and our economy is good, there is work but we need to be one hand, we need to work in order to make a living, we should not pray for god to send us dollars and gold, we need to work, we cannot sit at home and blame the economy.
A rally held on May 10, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt for presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
1- Men from Upper Egypt chant for presidential hopeful And el Fatah el Sisi at the entrance of the Cairo International Conference Center, where the meeting took place. Initially, it was scheduled in the Cairo International Stadium, but it was changed last minute for fear of low attendance. People gathered at the Chinese Gardens of the Conference Center.
2- A young girl dressing a T-Shirt of Sisi makes the victory sign.
3- Women cheer as they arrive to the meeting.
4- Women happily dancing and doing the victory sign. The atmosphere was that of a party.
5- A coptic religious man is seen with muslim men. A woman says: "All the Egyptian people is one hand. All with Sisi in the name of God"
6- A man plays his flute while others dance.
7- Mohammed And el Azi Gohar, from Haoumdiya: "We came today to say yes, yes, yes to… ???
8- A woman chanting
9- Alaa: "We came from the end of the country to help Sisi… ???
10- Men show a slogan in which says that Muslims and Christians are one hand in Egypt.
11- "Mustafa Ahmed, form Minya (in Upper Egypt) has a message to help the Field Marshall And el Fatah el Sisi… ???
12- Young Sisi followers chant with enthusiasm, noting that young people are there.
13- View from the first rows while the famous song Tislam el Ayadi is being played.
13- A woman stands in the middle of the crowd waiting for the speeches.
14- A general view of the Chinese Gardens. People was sitting on chairs. The attendance was somewhere between 3 and 6 thousand people.
15- Night felt. A family make the victory sign with posters supporting El Sisi.
16- Ali Gomaa, former Egypts grand Mufti ( 2003-2013) was one of the public figures addressing the public.
17- An spectator films Ali Gomaa with his mobile
18- Mostafa Bakry, who once said all americans must be killed if Sisi was assassinated, was another public figure giving a speech.
19- A woman looks at the stage.
20- A Christian Coptic religious man (Unidentified) was also giving a speech to the crowd. Here he repeats the Sisi campaign slogan: "Tahya Masr" (Vive l'Egypte)
21- Two young men salute to the camera.
Ahrar movement & Anti-Coup students protest at Talat Harb Square
Ahrar Movement & Anti-Coup Students protest at Talat Harb Square
Ahrar movement and anti-coup students protest at Talaat Harb Square on Wednesday night. More violence is expected and the third anniversary of January 25 nears.
Violence broke out between protestors and pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood activists in Alexandria on July 5,2013 after Morsi was removed from power by the armed forces. 12 were killed and hundreds were injured in the violence that also led to hundreds of arrests.