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“The Egyptian people have noticed changes—for a start, the State doesn’t abuse its citizens”

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“It’s less than two years since the Arab springs started”, says Joan Roura, so we have to “be patient” with the transitions in countries that had revolutions. The case of Egypt is even more exceptional, because it is a country that “has had dictatorial regimes since the times of the pharaohs, without exception”. Nonetheless, Roura thinks that things have changed since Mubarak left. “What people have noticed so far is that the dictator has been brought down, and more than a cause for joy, this is a matter of pride for a people that can finally make itself heard”. Further, Roura considers that although “neither the distribution of wealth, nor the customs, nor the social structures have changed”, what Egyptians have noticed is greater respect from institutions. “For a start, the State doesn’t abuse its citizens”, observed TV3’s journalist. “Citizens are no longer systematically humiliated when they enter a police station.” As for revenue from tourism, Roura explains that this strategic sector has not yet recovered, despite a minority that travels to Egypt out of intellectual curiosity. “Tourism is a cowardly business”, says Roura, “People want beaches and cruises on the Nile, and when they see unrest, even just demonstrations, they go for other destinations”. “For tourists to go somewhere, that place has to stop being in the news”, he concludes.

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Catalan Journalist
Joan Roura, Assistant International News Director at TV3, is a writer and Middle East specialist. Since 1982, he has covered the Arab-Israeli conflict, the wars in Iraq and Lebanon, the Egyptian revolution of 2011 and the current conflict in Syria, among others.