This young Egyptian boy, reportedly 12 at the time, was actually interviewed in Cairo by the newspaper El Wady way back in October. That was a few months into President Mohamed Morsi's controversial rule, before he had granted himself near-unlimited powers but after several other worrying steps toward consolidating power among Islamist allies.
The video circulated widely on Saturday – far more widely, it appears, than it did in October – as much of the world turns its attention to Egypt and the protest movement that culminated in July 3's military coup ousting Morsi from power. The young boy, currently a star on the link-sharing site Reddit, articulates the opposition movement's gripes and complaints with surprising sophistication and a remarkably clear-headed passion. At some point, maybe when he explains the contradictions between a constitution meant to enshrine the rights of women and a parliament that had carved out broad exceptions for conservative interpretations of Islamic law, the young Egyptian takes a leap from precocious to downright impressive.
This two-and-a-half-minute video couldn't capture all of the complexities of Egypt's multifaceted protest movement, of course, much less the broader political, economic and social crisis of which that movement is a part. But for newcomers eager to understand the protests, this video is a concise introduction to one segment of the protesters, delivered by a delightfully passionate and improbably well-spoken boy who appears to grasp nuances that are way, way beyond his reading level.