Even those marching, however, couldnt agree on whether to vote for Morsi or boycott altogether. Some wore stickers calling for a boycott, drawing the ire of those marching next to them.
There is no strategy because we have no strategists, said a frustrated Ahmed Naquib, spokesman for the a group called the Trustees Council for the Revolution. This is how we ended up here.
The outcome of this weekends voting would determine the way ahead, the revolutionaries said. If Morsi wins, many revolutionaries believe the Brotherhood leader could push back against the powerful generals and the ex-regime figures theyre believed to be allied with, and could revive hopes of real reform. If Shafik wins, this argument goes, the regime will again control all branches of government, and some revolutionaries feared they could eventually be jailed for speaking out against the state.
Revolutionary group leaders said they conducted a half-dozen meetings after Thursdays ruling, including some where they urged Muslim Brotherhood members to withdraw from the elections. If the Brotherhood participated, they argued, it would legitimize a flawed process that had already seen the judiciary undo the results of the elections . Some younger Brotherhood members agreed but the groups leadership decided to keep Morsi on the ballots, apparently calculating that he could still win, said three revolutionaries who attended the meetings.
Even if Morsi doesnt win, the Brotherhood could claim the election was rigged and taint the state, said Mohammed Abbas, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who left last year to form the Egypt Current Party, a youth bloc.
The meetings ended at 3 a.m., Abbas said, and he and his comrades spent Friday fighting back feelings of frustration and disillusionment. They talked about how their work would take years. They blamed each other for not rallying around a leader following Mubaraks fall. Many said they took no joy in voting for Morsi and that if the movement could survive, there would be an eventual showdown between the Brotherhood and the revolutionaries.
I see a coming revolution against the Brotherhood, Abbas said. It will take five years because we need that time to organize. It will happen when we can mobilize the way the Brotherhood does.