The Freedom Protests Against Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Islamist Morsi Continues….

It is a desperate situation for minority moderates and Coptic Christians in Egypt. I hope the beacon of freedom can provide them a measure of hope.

A woman stands near barbed wire in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, December 4, 2012. Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. REUTERS-Mohamed Abd El Ghany(Reuters) – Egyptian army tanks deployed outside the presidential palace on Thursday in streets where supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Mursi had clashed into the early hours of the morning in violence that killed five people.

Armored troop carriers also moved into the roads around the palace, in what Egypt’s state news agency said was a measure to secure the palace. The area had become a chaotic battleground between Mursi’s Islamist backers and their opponents.

The soldiers’ badges identified them as members of the Presidential Guard and Republican Guard, whose duties include guarding the presidency. At least five tanks and nine armored personnel carriers were seen near or around the palace.

The health ministry said five people had been killed and 350 wounded in bloodshed that has exacerbated the worst crisis since Mursi took office as Egypt’s first president since a popular uprising overthrew Hosni Mubarak in February, 2011.

The military played a crucial role in ending Mubarak’s 30-year rule by taking over from him to manage a transitional period, but it has stayed out of the latest crisis.

Mursi’s opponents accuse him of seeking to create a new autocracy by awarding himself extraordinary powers in a decree on November 22 and were further angered when an Islamist-dominated assembly pushed through a draft constitution that opponents said did not properly represent the aspirations of the whole nation.

The president has defended his decree as necessary to prevent courts still full of judges appointed by Mubarak from derailing a constitution vital for Egypt’s political transition.

Around the palace, traffic was moving through streets strewn with rocks thrown during violence in which petrol bombs and guns were also used. Hundreds of Mursi supporters were still in the area, many wrapped in blankets and some reading the Koran.

“We came here to support President Mursi and his decisions. He is the elected president of Egypt,” said demonstrator Emad Abou Salem, 40. “He has legitimacy and nobody else does.”  (continue reading)

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8 Responses to The Freedom Protests Against Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Islamist Morsi Continues….

  1. czarowniczy says:

    You can have all of the ‘freedom protests’ you want but at the end of the day it’s still ‘Egypt’. Bringing out the armored units is a major move – the ‘Arab’ governments usually do not like to ,move those tanks out of the park as traditionally tanks in the streets means a coup is afoot, they really like those puppies to stay in the park. Aside from running over the protestors there’s not much a tank can do in this situation other than as a show of force while the APCs could deliver riot personnel deep into the midst of the protestors. I’m betting the Administration here is going to do what it can to get that election done and over – we’ve been known to send election-rigging experts into other countries to help ‘democratically’ shape events – so that it can support Mursi and the popularly adopted Islamic constitution. I’m wondering why, during these turbulent elections in the Mideast, we haven’t seen more of James Earl Carter and his merry band of poll watchers over there monitoring the ‘fairness’ of the elections much as they do here in the South and other areas they consider uncivilized and non-progressive? You;d think the POtuS would welcome Jimmy making sure the entire process of Islamization was open and above board? What better place to prove the people really want to revert to the 7th century than Egypt? Wouldn’t
    a fundamentalist Baptist overseeing the voters approving the destruction of the secular and Christian segments of Egyptian society show the world that democracy really does work?
    The POtuS is really into this Islamic democracy (oxymoron alert) movement in the Mideast, Wonder if he’s big on perfuming skunks too?

  2. John Galt says:

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  3. Sentenza says:

    This song sums up how I feel:

    • John Galt says:

      My give a damn is working to the small extent of some anxiety over the billions of dollars we continue to blow on Egypt.

      • Sentenza says:

        True, that. We really should stop spending so much money on foreign aid. People should learn to clean up their own messes.

  4. Sentenza says:

    I’m going to expand a bit on how I feel. The Egyptian people did not want liberty. I don’t know much about Mubarak, but from the pieces I’ve read, he seemed to be as decent of a leader as one can expect in that part of the world. Better than most, worse than a few. But the Egyptian people did not want liberty, for to ignite liberty, one requires that spark, that yearning for freedom, and the desire to share that freedom with others. For that spark ignites liberty’s torch which lights throughout the land, and gives men liberty. Such a spark must be struck by men with hope, hope for the future that is far greater than themselves, and a desire that all men see the light of freedom. One does not strike a spark with flint and wood, but with flint and steel. In the same way, men must steel themselves. They have to want to live free, and they have to want to let others live free. Until they do, and until they light that spark, the torch of liberty will be cold, but perhaps, this will be the spark that lights the torch.

  5. akathesob says:

    Same fight the world over.

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