You’ve probably seen the above video by now, of an Egyptian boy delivering an apparently unscripted condemnation of the Muslim Brotherhood to reporters from El Wady.
You may have shared the video on Facebook with the caption “OMG this kid should be Egypt’s next president” even though, duh, children can’t be president and anyway you’re not Egyptian so you don’t get a say.
Writing in the SCMP, Patrick Boehler reports that the video is also doing the rounds on the Chinese web. While some of us who have seen the video may have been made uncomfortable by the memories it raised of other precocious young politicos, our discomfort pales in comparison to that of the Chinese authorities, who have largely sought to paint the Egyptian uprising and subsequent coup in a negative light and warned against the potential destabilising effect of street movements.
[It] was the boy’s articulate political argument that struck a chord in China. “Where is the constitution that represents us?” he asked in Arabic.
On Chinese social media, one person commented: “The heavenly dynasty could learn from him,” in a reference to China’s Communist Party.
“He has an Egyptian Dream,” many wrote, borrowing from President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream”.
“If only Chinese children could talk like [Ahmed],” one person commented online.