Six years after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the protesters who took Tahrir Square are still plagued by an elusive feeling: the idea that “the matter is not yet closed.” The counter-revolution won a decisive victory in mid-2013, but still, “the matter is not yet closed.”
Thousands have been killed, tens of thousands have been hunted down, tortured and imprisoned, but “the matter is not yet closed.” A military dictatorship now controls all public spaces and stifles all opposition niches, even the mildest ones, but “the matter is not yet closed.”
It is neither magic nor a reflection of the pressure of the revolutionary forces. Rather, it is the testimony of a simple fact: The revolution, as a colossal mass movement, albeit incomplete, and — alas — technically defeated, has left the alliance of the myriad government forces and their state apparatus beyond repair.
The revolution failed to create a new political and social order, whether partial or total, direct or indirect. After two and a half years of countless uprisings and debates, the counter-revolution has regained control. But “the matter is not yet closed.”