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Egypt: Parliamentary Fire Reactions

People's reactions here are really confusing … ehm … and amusing as well. Ok, believe it or not, but some people here were really happy that a fire has destroyed Egypt's iconic Parliamentary building.

Zeinobia describes how some people felt here:

They are happy seriously happy in a way you can’t imagine , of course today the fire of the Shura Council is still the talk of the town , most P190808_19.46[01]of the Egyptians did not see the grand fire of Cairo 1952 , so to see this one like this live on TV screen till the hours of the morning was something new. The people are feeling that they are suppressed and can’t take it any longer . They are so angry and pissed off this government and regime
The people who were gathering in the street were watching the scene in joy ,I felt , they did not put in consideration the historical value of the building , I do not know if this is because of cultural ignorance or 7areeq6 the hate of every thing that represents the regime , I think it is more the second option

Even on Facebook, a new group was created under the name: “Anybody else is happy for what happened to the Parliament!”.

El Motamangeh
on the other hand writes here about the government's failure to put out the fire:

سؤال يطرح نفسه : الدولة التي فشلت في تأمين برلمانها ضد الحرائق ثم فشلت في اخماد حريق بسيط في مبني من 3 أدوار، كيف ستنجح في تأمين حدودها الشرقية؟

A very important question: A government that failed to protect its own Parliament building and then failed to put off the fire in the three-storey building – so how can it protect its eastern borders?

Some other bloggers voiced conspiracy theories as to what caused the disaster. Politikia, for example, writes here about the rumours which surfaced in the aftermath of the fire:

Rumors say that the fire can be an intentional one, to burn documents related to some recent important incidents (related to corruption) Like Mamdouh Ismail Salam 98 case for example.

Other bloggers are really saddened as the Shura Council building possessed an historic value. Nawara writes here about how sad she is for what happened:

زعلانة قوي
ليه كده؟ للدرجة دي؟ عايز ياخد ورق ياخده باي طريقة، ده تاريخنا، دي بلدنا
مبنى الشورى بينهار، ده مش زي احتراق الاوبرا، ده مجلسي الشعب والشورى، دي فلوسنا

I am really sad.
If they really want to destroy those documents, they sure have other options. It's our history, and our country. The Shura Building is falling down, it's not like what happened to the Opera House (more than 50 years ago). it's our parliament and our own money.

Vodafone Mock

And finally, this incident didn't stop Egyptian Leftist from showcasing his sense of humor. He mocks a popular telecommunication's giant advertisement here . The banner says “Seeing a Cigarette Butt”, as cigarette butts are always the usual suspects when it comes to intended fires meant to destroy some documents

  • http://www.gaberism.net Egyprian Leftist

    really i would love to thank you for republishing my design here & your words as you helped me spreading it out :)
    but lemme say that the most strange reaction was for the people watching the fire & laughing out loud shouting wishing the same for Mubarak & the all the family :D

    & i think that was because the people are really wishing to have anything new in the streets even if it was a fire in such historical place …

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