Robert Fisk: The real fight for Egypt democracy has yet to begin
Published 01/12/2011 | 05:00
When it comes to economics, you don't mess with Wael Gamal. Before becoming a managing editor of 'Shrouq' -- Sunrise, to you and me -- he was economics editor of the 'Egypt Daily', and he casts a cold eye on soldiers who don't understand money.
"Not a single one of the 20 generals on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) understands the economy," he says, with a certain laugh infecting his voice, "and at their press conference the other day, all their numbers and conclusions were wrong. They wanted to scare the people off the streets by saying that Egypt will go bankrupt. The ministers were all trying to correct the statistics afterwards."
Mr Gamal had just voted for the secular "Revolution" list, and it was the first time he had entered a polling booth in his 40 years. "I never voted in elections before because they were all fraudulent. Before the revolution, our editor-in-chief was about to be jailed because of a report we carried on the rigged 2010 elections. I was chased by the police twice in 2003 because I was involved in the movement against the American war in Iraq."