After more than six months since the revolution that removed Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt and with political reform still nowhere in sight, one of the symbols of the revolution came out on Saturday against the mob that stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
Wael Ghonim, who is in charge of marketing for Google in the Middle East and Africa, said, "What we are witnessing now is contrary to what I dreamt of. We need to wake up quickly and mend our ways in order to achieve the revolution's dream," he wrote in his Twitter account on Saturday.
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"What we are seeing are actions driven by emotions that are stripping the revolution of its context, leading us to celebrate imaginary victories. If we don't use our brain, it will fail and result in frustration for an entire generation that dreamt of changing its nation," he stated.
In 2011, Ghonim rose to fame after an emotional interview following his incarceration by Egyptian police—during which he was interrogated regarding his work as the administrator of the Facebook page, "We are all Khaled Saeed", which helped spark the revolution. TIME magazine added him in its "Time 100" list of 100 most influential people of 2011.
Meanwhile, in a Facebook page that is affiliated with the Egyptian opposition movement, members had been asked to vote whether they supported or rejected the violence around the embassy. As of Saturday evening, nearly 63,000 of the 75,000 respondents said they opposed it.
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