Exclusive - Gigi Ibrahim Extended Interview Pt. 3

  • Aired:  06/04/14
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Activist Gigi Ibrahim voices her belief in the power of social media in advancing political movements and social activism. (3:50)

IT WAS INTERESTING.

I SAW WHAT BASSEM WENT THROUGHWITH HIS PROGRAM.

BASSEM YOUSSEFF A COMEDIAN INEGYPT.

HE DOES A SHOW SIMILAR TO WHAT ITAKE FOR GRANTED EVERY DAY OF MY

LIFE. THE RESTRICTIONSON HIM AND PRESSURES ON HIM WERE

SO HARROWING ANDENORMOUS.

WHEN I CAME THERE TO SEEHIM RIGHT BEFORE THE

JUNE 30TH REVOLUTION, I WASTRULY WORRIED FOR HIS HEALTH.

FOR THE WEIGHT HE WAS CARRYINGJUST TO EXPRESS HIMSELF THROUGH

HUMOR.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

IMAGINE IF YOU ARE ONLY TRYINGTO SAY A JOKE AND THIS HAPPENS

TO YOU.

IMAGINE IF YOU'RE TRYING TOACTUALLY WIN FREEDOM AND APPLY

DEMOCRACY, OR HUMAN RIGHTS,OR ANY KIND OF BASIC RIGHTS.

>> Jon: IT'S INCREDIBLYHUMBLING.

>> YOU'RE FACED WITH A LOT OFREPRESSION, A LOT OF COUNTER

REVOLUTION. AND, BUT IT'S NOTSTOPPING US. YOU KNOW,

PEOPLE ARE GETTING THIS LITTLEBY LITTLE.

WE GO THROUGH WAVES YOU THINK ITCAN'T GET WORST AND IT DOES.

BUT YOU JUST HAVE TO KEEP ONFIGHTING.

THIS IS A CHOICE WE MADE.>> HAVE A LONG VIEW.

>> LONG TIME AGO. YEAH, AND

WE HAVE TO HAVE A STRATEGY FOR ALONG FIGHT. THIS IS NOT GOING TO

BE OVER, WE ARE GOING TO BE INTHIS FOR A FEW YEARS.

WITH YOUR HELP AND SOLIDARITY WECAN DEFINITELY --

>> Jon: WAIT, ME?

>> YES. FREE MAHIENOUR.

>> Jon: WHAT DOES, WHO CAN APPLYPRESSURE?

IN THE UNITED STATES WE'REVERY FOND OF THINKING THAT WE

CONTROL THE STRINGS.

AND THAT IT'S OUR, IF ONLY WE'RETOUGHER OR MORE FORCEFUL OR MORE

DIRECT THE WORLDBENDS TO OUR WILL.

THE REALITY OF EGYPT, WE GIVE ITHINK 1.5 BILLION IN AID.

THE SAUDIS HAVE GIVEN24 BILLION.

>> YES.

THEY'RE SUPPORTING COUNTERREVOLUTION VERY MUCH.

>> Jon: IN THE LAST EIGHTMONTHS. WHAT DO THEY RESPOND TO.

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT COULDALLOW MAHIENOUR TO

GO FREE? IS THERE ANYTHING,

IS SISI TRULY WEAK ENOUGH TOBELIEVE THAT DISSENT DESTROYS

HIS POWER BASE?

>> DON'T RELY ON THE GOVERNMENTTO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS.

THIS THE U.S. WILL CONTINUE TOGIVE MOST LIKELY THE $1.3

BILLION IN MILITARY AID THATENDS UP KILLING EGYPTIANS.

AND MAYBE WE WON'T BE ABLE TOSTOP THAT.

I HOPE THAT WE COULD WITHAMERICAN CITIZEN PRESSURE.

BUT, THE PEOPLE HAVE A BIG ROLETO PLAY. AND MAYBE JUST TAKING

A PICTURE WITH FREE MAHIENOURAND POSTING IT ON FACEBOOK,

SPREADING AWARENESS ABOUTTHE 41,000 POLITICAL PRISONERS.

>> Jon: DO THEY RESPOND -- >> IT DOES. IT DOES. ESPECIALLY

WHEN IT COMES FROM THE OUTSIDETHEN IT CAN'T BE IGNORED.

THIS IS HAPPENING AND IT'S BEINGDISCUSSED

INTERNATIONALLY. PEOPLE AREORGANIZING,

PEOPLE SHOWING THEIRSOLIDARITY.

YOU KNOW HUMAN RIGHTSORGANIZATION OR STUDENT

ORGANIZATION.

LABOR UNIONS, WHATEVER IT MAYBE.

THERE ARE OVER A 160 JOURNALISTSIN PRISON BECAUSE OF

THIS LAW AND BECAUSE OF THE COUPAND THE MASSCRE AND EVERYTHING.

JUST BEING IN SOLIDARITY WITHTHESE PEOPLE, SHOWING THAT BY

EVEN JUST TAKING A PICTURE,WRITING A LETTER, ANYTHING LIKE

THAT, IT DOES MAKES ADIFFERENCE.

LITTLE BY LITTLE WE HOPE TO MAKEGREATER IMPACT.

>> Jon: I WISH YOU THE BEST.

I WILL NEVER FORGET MY TIMETHERE AND THE INCREDIBLE

HUMILITY I FELT AROUND BASSEM,HIS TEAM, YOU GUYS.

IT WAS REALLY, IT WAS REMARKABLETO SEE.

IT SEEMS MINUSCULE BUT IJUST WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.

>> NO, THANK YOU SO MUCH FORHAVING ME.

YES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> Jon: GIGI IBRAHIM.

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