Parallel after after parallel has been drawn over the past few weeks between the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now, finally, the two movements have made contact.
In an open letter printed recently in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, a group of anonymous Egyptian activists offered the stripling OWS protesters their support, and the sage advice of relative veterans.
“Resist fiercely when you are under attack, but otherwise take pleasure in what you are doing, let it be easy, fun even. We are all watching one another now, and from Cairo we want to say that we are in solidarity with you, and we love you all for what you are doing.”
Now the letter has been picked up by the Cairo-based newspaper, Al-Ahram Weekly. The article’s author, Bel Trew, managed to get hold of two of the young Egyptians who penned the open letter.
“When systems of government are ‘rotten’ to the core, Sara and Amr explain, protesters can’t simply protest, pack up and go home, but have to move outside their comfort zone.”
Whether the OWS movement ends up changing the face of politics across the world or not, Trew says, at the very least we’re all debating democracy.