Egypt: Despite Fear Rallies and Protests Ensue
Driving past an army vehicle on the Corniche in Cairo, topped with soldiers at 9.00am in the morning is from endearing to observe especially when some of those soldiers are wearing masks and holding snipers. Moving past the notion of preparedness for ‘expected’ it far from demonstrates a readiness to keep the peace. This lack of sensibility highlights of Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi-cum-presidential actions like:
- The installation of the interim government
- The re-installation of the secret police, and hired thugs
- The massacres
- The criminalizing and beating up of anyone who looks slightly religious in targeted areas i.e. wearing a beard or niqab)
- The refusal to hand over the dead to families unless they sign that their led ones died from natural causes
- The refusal by hospitals to treat anyone injured
- Branding any opposition as terrrorist
- The blackouts whist carrying out operations
- The terrorizing of farm owners who are forced to pay protection money
- Instituting 26 generals governors across the country
- Presenting himself as a presidential candidate along with Ahmed Shafiq, who was cleared of corruption for selling over 40,000 acres of agricultural land on the Nile Delta to Mubarak’s sons for a dollar per acre, when that land was valued in the tens of thousands per acre).
- The extension of the curfew, which very few people observe for another two months.
- The declaration to rid the country of 55,000 preachers dubbed as extremists, which could be construed as paving el-Sisi’s way to the elections which everybody believes will be rigged as in the past. The opposition i.e. those in power failed to win the last 8 elections.
- The trumped up charges against Mursi, and other innocent Muslim Brotherhood members while those convicted since the ousting of former President Mubarak are set free.
The Suez criminal court has acquitted all the defendants of charges of killing and attempting to kill demonstrators during the events of the January 25 revolution  on Thursday, and it is the latter that has roused rallies and peaceful marches across the country today as more and more non-Muslim Brotherhood citizens discover the truth for themselves. Despite that, of course clashes broke out.
Press TV reports:
Today the blood of Egyptians has become cheap,” a witness who attended the hearing said in reaction to the court verdict.
Spokesman for the Suez victims’ families Ali Gunaidi said, “The rulings that come out in Egypt are politicized.”
“There are no rulings in accordance with the laws but rather they are according to orders,” he added.
It was this 2011 incident that led to the ousting of Mubarak.
Demonstrations dubbed “Loyalty to Martyrs’ Blood” were called by MB’s top member, Essam el-Erian, and took place in Alexandria, Cairo, Menoufiya, Suez, Port Said and the city of el-Arish in northern Sinai.
The Heat Increases on Egyptian Streets
Just as autumn was about to meet its annual schedule, a blast one of the hottest Egyptian summers decided not to bow out – at least not just yet. The blood spilt in the number of massacres that have taken place since the deep states General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi-cum Defence Minister – cum – prime minister spread fear amongst the people, but amidst that fear, and follow-up actions of el-Sisi, the human spirit begins to rise again.
Arresting anyone with the tag ‘inciting the killing of Egyptian security forces and meddling in the country’s affairs’ because they question the state as run under el-Sisi is tantamount to suppression.
Protests continue despite the curfew, but the number of protestors is increasing dramatically amongst the population in general even though the protests are branded as Muslim Brotherhood as the truth seeps through as state media breaks ranks, and members of society bear witness to what is really going on.
Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reports on The National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy call for mass demonstrations which took place today. They continue to demand the return of the legally elected President Mursi warning of upcoming sit-ins (recent sit-ins resulted in participants being massacred). The Alliance also call on Egyptians to reclaim their “stolen revolution”, to “restore their freedom” and “the dismissal of all unconstitutional decisions declared by the armed forces and by which it “usurped power”,
“God save Egypt,” the statement concluded, and “its people and its army from the wicked deeds of some of its leaders.”
Demonstrations took place in several cities across the country.
18 October 2013
From Press TV
Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Mursi have held fresh demonstrations across the North African country.
Large crowds of pro-Mursi demonstrators gathered in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Suez on Friday afternoon.
The rallies were called by Egypt’s largest Islamic movement Muslim Brotherhood as well as by the country’s largest anti-government group, Pro-Legitimacy Alliance.
The military-backed interim government has been stepping up security to prepare for Friday’s planned demonstrations by sealing off major squares and streets and deploying tanks and troops.
However, some incidents of violent clashes between protesters and security forces have been reported in Cairo and its adjacent areas. Latest reports say several people were also injured in fierce clashes between Mursi-supporters and police forces in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig.
Mursi’s supporters have been holding weekly rallies against the army-backed government for its deadly crackdown on Brotherhood supporters that has led to hundreds of deaths and detentions.
The situation in Egypt remains tense months after the country’s first democratically-elected president was ousted by the military.
The government of Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested thousands of Brotherhood members, including the party’s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.
Hundreds of supporters of the group have been killed in clashes with army since then.
Mursi himself is scheduled to be tried next month on the charge of inciting the killing of his opponents while in office.