Hero of Egytian revolution scolds IMF

Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who became the hero of the Egyptian revolution, spoke before an International Monetary Fund paenl in Washington DC on April 15, chiding the organization for its long support of strongman Hosni Mubarak. Billed as “Internet activist” in the roundtable discussion also featuring IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Ghonim said, “To me what was happening was a crime, not a mistake.” He charged that international financial institutions and world “elites” were “partners in crime” in supporting Mubarak’s regime. Wearing a wristband with the date Jan. 25, 2011—the day the protesters drove Mubarak from power—Ghonim said: “We wanted our dignity back.” (Middle East Online, April 17)

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