If you do not know what is going on in the AUC , well this week the the workers “ DDC workers , Security staff and custodial workers” along with students decided to go in to strike against the administration of the university. Some of the university professors along with some of AUC alumni are standing with the students and the workers. Here is a list with the demands of the workers and students as well.
|AUC strike demands|
The students are demanding that she steps down.
Now yesterday afternoon we were surprised with by an unexpected escalation : The protesters pulled down the American flag !!
It was surprising and shocking. The protesters rallied with the flag for a while chanting chants like “Raise your head , you are Egyptian” and “We will not leave , she will leave”.
|Rallying with the flag " Gigi Ibrahim"|
|Heading to the admin office to return the flag|
|Returning back the flag "Gigi Ibrahim"|
I am not an AUCian but I know if the Egyptian flag was pulled down from Al Azhar university branches or University of Alexandria branch in Beirut or Cairo university branch in Khartoum , I will not feel happy about "Actually I wonder if our flag is hoisted up on these universities' branches outside Egypt"
As soon as I hit the send button in twitter with the news , I found many replies from all around the globe with some ridiculous comments from the kind ‘Are you going to nationalize the AUC !? ‘ , ‘ You hate the Americans’ and the most ridiculous one of all ‘Good bye to your revolution’ !!!
I will not enter a debate except when you think about , this small incident shows what we suffer in the Egyptian revolution itself recently from unneeded emotional escalation without any regard to the consequence.
I followed the whole matter on twitter from different accounts including Gigi Ibrahim’s who is currently under huge attack because of the flag despite she made it clear it was not her idea. Gigi has posted a beautiful photo gallery from the AUC strike on her Flickr account.
Many students and alumni disapproved on the move.
This is what we suffer actually in our revolution if you remember , emotional decisions . As Farah Saafan said how this would help the cause of the workers before the students !?
For the record this is not the first time it happens in the history of AUC in the past 11 years despite it is the first time in the new Campus. In 2001 leftist journalist/blogger/activist/student then Hossam El Hamalawy pulled down the American flag from the Old Tahrir Campus and hoisted instead of it the Palestinian flag. It was during the intifada , El Hamalawy was arrested and tortured by the state security because of it. The American flag had been not seen at Tahrir campus since then till the AUC was transferred to its new home in New Cairo.
Now Guardian has published a report about the AUC strike by Jack Shenker that made many AUC professors angry from what they considered wrong information in the Guardian’s report despite Shenker is from the best foreign reporters in Egypt.
The final Ultimate of the protesters is the closing of the university which nobody wants whether the protesters from students or workers or professors.
Here is one of the groups on Facebook that represents the Custodial workers “The AUC independent Syndicate”