May 25, 2019
I am a son of Tahrir
Born into hope, into heat, into thousands of voices
I am a son of Tahrir, out in the crowd on the street
Our pain, our pride, our choices
Tahrir is now
And, now is here
We’ll wait an hour, a day, a month, a year
We have cracked the wall of fear
We’ll see it crumble
“Tahrir Is Now,” a song from the musical “We Live in Cairo,” was playing in the background as I read the news about the controversy over the local elections in Turkey. The ruling party, which has been in power for 17 years now, lost the municipal elections to the opposition in Istanbul. However, the newspaper wrote, the ruling party was refusing to accept the election results, alleging that there had been fraud. “Do our choices really matter?” I asked myself.
“No,” the state replied, as it overturned the election results after a few weeks.