“I am always concerned with the changes that happened to the Egyptian identity. Three years ago, I started working on my ideas to fight everyday destructive thoughts that aim to distort Egyptian character,” Virtosu said.
“Some wonder why Egyptians started to see ugliness everywhere and why the morals and behaviors of people have changed over time. I always believe the beautiful life that people used to live decades ago was a result of a great Egyptian identity that people tried to commit to.”
When the uprising began, the revolutionaries in Tahrir Square called for the removal of the Mubarak government and the abolition of the notorious Emergency Law, freedom, justice, the formation of a new, non-military government and the constructive administration of all of Egypt’s resources. The popular struggle for dignity and a removal of an ancient and discriminatory status quo seemed to succeed at first.
Mubarak was deposed on February 11 2011, and the square resounded with euphoric chants: “Lift your head up, you are an Egyptian”, and, “We can breathe fresh air, we can feel our freedom”.
Not much changed since then, Sisi has successfully silenced all forms of political opposition during his first four-year term after leading the overthrow of North African country's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.