The quote above is from a brief look at the founder of the Tamarod campaign, plus some views from people uneasy with military intervention. Click the quote to read the article and also for a link to a live blog from Cairo.
I sold my tv when I moved, so don't know how much of this is being covered. The internet coverage doesn't seem as full as I'd expect.
Morsi was just ousted. The head of the constitutional court will take over until new elections are held. The Minister of Defence made the announcement, but was followed by El Baradei, the head of the Coptic church, and other members of the political spectrum.
Now to see what the Muslim Brotherhood will do. I was looking at the reports on a split screen -- celebrations and fireworks by the opposition in Tahrir Square, glum looks from Morsi's supporters.
Fascinating to surf through all of the Arab channels tonight -- the Saudi Al-Arabiya doesn't seem too happy, while Al-Jazeera English sounds pretty enthusiastic, France 24 Arabe is jabbering excitedly. Meanwhile Dubai-TV is in the middle of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Truly horrifying and disheartening. Will everything go back to the way it was before?
Many of you may be getting more in-depth or updated news on television, but this Washington Post site has a sidebar of live updates: www.washingtonpost.com/world/egyptian-security-forces-move-against-protesters-camps/2013/08/14/bc079750-04a7-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html from the article: Mohamed el-Beltagi, a top Brotherhood politician whose teenage daughter was among those killed, said security forces had sacrificed their legitimacy by carrying out the attack, and he demanded that any soldier “must take off his uniform’’ or be considered a “tool” of the government. He warned that the spreading violence could quickly turn Egypt into a new Syria, where an ongoing conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.
Attacking the vigil sites and the protest camps seems the surest way to radicalize any fence-sitters who were simply not in agreement with the government before.
Two commentaries I heard on the news last night -- all of a sudden the Muslim Brotherhood is getting all the coverage and sympathy whereas 1) the MB is still attacking and killing Copts and burning churches and 2) the MB protesters were armed.
Both these people accused the news media of covering only the surface of events.
I heard an interview with a MB spokesman in London saying that their sit-in camp had lots of supporters of secular and Christians. I don't think so.
The truth most likely lies between the two numbers. In any event it was a very strong way of ending a demonstration. I am afraid that Egypt is not yet ready to be a democracy, neither faction is willing to see the others point of view. There are also many factions involved, let alone the religious element. I would not be surprised if there is not further bloodshed, let us hope it does not spread beyond Egypt.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
The violence is horrifying and I'm wondering how this will end.
It's not going to "end" anytime soon. A government is not overthrown, replaced by religious fanatics who try to keep power from themselves, replaced by military/police who are trying to keep their privileges from previous years while trying to pretend their repression of 2011 never happened. Add to the mixture secular groups disgusted with everything they tried for in 2011 and since, religious minorities being persecuted, economic problems not dealt with for years and corruption -- and you won't have a nice tidy end.
And if things get sorted out somehow, it won't happen for a few years.
One thing is certain -- the Egyptian communities around the world are going to grow in size with new arrivals. There are already more than 200,000 living in Italy alone, and almost 800,000 in the U.S. and Canada.