Crisis in Egypt: A Tragedy to Muslim World More Than To Democracy


In my timeline, I could see many within my reach do not agree to what had happened in Egypt, as also being reported by USA Today:

The military plan calls for a short transition rule followed by elections. Chief judge of constitutional court put in charge.

CAIRO — Egypt’s military suspended the constitution Wednesday and ordered new elections, ousting the country’s first freely elected president after he defied army demands to implement radical reforms or step down.

Army chief of staff Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on national television in front of a row of prominent political and religious leaders, said the military was forced to act after President Mohammed Morsi had refused for weeks to set up a national reconciliation government.

Al-Sisi said the chief judge of the constitutional court, backed by technical experts, would have full powers to run the country until the constitution is amended and new elections are held. Adli al-Mansour, the 67-year-old head of Egypt’s supreme constitutional court, is to be sworn in Thursday as interim president, state media reported.

The army said the interim government would set the timetable for elections.

Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, responded quickly, posting a message on his presidential Facebook page saying he rejects the army statement as a “military coup.” He and his presidential team were under house arrest at a Republican Guard barracks, a spokesman for his Muslim Brotherhood said early Thursday.

Egyptian officials told the Associated Press that the head of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and his deputy, Khairat al-Shater, had also been arrested.

President Obama said in a statement that he was “deeply concerned” by the day’s events and called on the Egyptian military to “move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters.”

Obama ordered a review of U.S. aid to Egypt.

In Tahrir Square, the political heart of Cairo, roars of joy erupted from tens of thousands of Egyptians after Morsi was deposed. In a celebration that for hours, they danced in the streets, set off fireworks, waved flags and hoisted friends on their shoulders.

“The Egyptian army is the best army on Earth,” said Ahmed Mido, 21, a soccer player.

“We are proud of our army,” said Jihan Spahi, 55, as she marched into the square early Wednesday night. “It’s behind us.”

On its website, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood called the move a “conspiracy against legitimacy, a military coup that wastes popular will and brings Egypt back to despotism.”

The Brotherhood’s TV channel and other Islamist outlets went off the air, and some personnel were arrested, Ahram Online reported. Al Jazeera announced later that its Egyptian service was taken off the air after security forces stormed its Cairo building and detained journalists and guests.

Al-Sisi warned Egyptians to remain peaceful during the transition period, calling on them to “steer away from violence that will bring more tension and the shedding of blood.” He said the military and the security forces would move “firmly and strictly” against any threat to peace.

As a precaution, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo ordered the evacuation of all non-essential staff.

In Alexandria, the country’s second largest city, 10 people were reported dead in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents, state media reported. Four Morsi supporters died late Wednesday in clashes with security forces in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh, an Islamist stronghold, the governor told Reuters.

In Kafr El-Sheikh, in the Nile Delta, 118 people had been injured in clashes by late Wednesday, Ahram Online reported.

Thousands of Morsi’s supporters gathered outside Cairo University to protest the army’s announcement, but there were no reports of violence. Early Thursday, according to Al Jazeera, Egyptian media reported that security forces were preparing to clear the rally and that arrest warrants had been issued for members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In its earlier statement, the Brotherhood said that religious scholars “condemn the coup and affirm the necessity of upholding the elected president,” and that “millions in many squares in Egypt have started a sit-in in support of legitimacy.”

The country’s leading Muslim and Christian clerics said at a news conference that they backed the army’s action and transition plan.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke Tuesday by phone with al-Sisi, the Pentagon said. Officials declined to discuss the content of the call, but the White House has said it is committed to the democratic process in Egypt.

Mohammed ElBaradei, the leader of the liberal opposition, said the “2011 revolution was re-launched” with the declaration by the country’s top general, whom Morsi had promoted.

In the end, the army moved quickly and decisively. Al-Sisi spoke only 48 hours after the military issued its ultimatum to Morsi to yield to weekend protests by millions of demonstrators nationwide.

Morsi, in an emotional address Tuesday night, rejected the army’s demands, saying he was legitimately elected and could not be forced to resign.

In response, the army chief said, the armed forces felt it had no choice but to dismiss the president and “contain the cause of division and the roots of tensions and confront the challenges to exit the current crisis.”

He said the armed forces acted out of its “patriotic and historical responsibility.”

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It was the second time in 2½ years of political upheaval that the army has ousted the country’s leader. President Hosni Mubarak’s removal in 2011 set the stage for elections that eventually brought Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to power. He was inaugurated almost exactly one year ago.

In what opponents bitterly described as a “coup,” Egypt’s military moved tanks and troops into Cairo on Wednesday to prepare for the transfer of power away from Morsi only minutes after he rejected their ultimatum to yield to the political demands of mass protests or step down.

Ahmed Hassan, a Muslim Brotherhood supporter who lives in the Nile Delta region north of Cairo, said he considers Tuesday’s action a military coup.

“I’m so worried about Egypt,” Hassan said. “We don’t know what is going on after Morsi goes, or if everything will be fine. I don’t know what the liberal groups will do.”

He said the military and the judges don’t care about human rights. “Maybe tomorrow they will take a lot of people and put them in jail and say it’s an order,” he added.

Another Morsi supporter foresees civil war.

“The army chose to appease one part of the population against the other,” Yasser Soliman told Al-Ahram. “They are basically setting the streets on fire, calling for civil war.”

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At least 39 people have died since the protests began on Sunday. Many of the latest deaths occurred after gunfire erupted outside Cairo University in Giza, where pro-Morsi demonstrators gathered to show support for the president, who comes from the 85-year-old Muslim Brotherhood, the Associated Press reported.

As the deadline approached Wednesday, Morsi rejected demands he step aside and instead called on the military not to “take sides.”

“One mistake that cannot be accepted, and I say this as president of all Egyptians, is to take sides,” he said in the statement issued by his office. “Justice dictates that the voice of the masses from all squares should be heard,” he said, repeating his offer to hold dialogue with his opponents.

Soon afterward, a military helicopter circled over the anti-Morsi crowds in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, which was transformed into a sea of furiously waving Egyptian flags. “Leave, leave,” they chanted to Morsi, electrified as they waited to hear of an army move.

Tanks and armored personnel carriers quickly began moving into the streets of the capital, troops took up posts inside the state TV headquarters, and soldiers were reported to be putting up barbed wire barriers around Republican Guard barracks where Morsi had been working.

The president’s national security adviser, Essam El-Haddad, called the rapidly unfolding events “a military coup” in a post in English on his official Facebook page and warned of violence if the army moved against pro-Morsi forces.

EGYPT: Ailing economy at heart of unrest

“Hundreds of thousands of them have gathered in support of democracy and the Presidency. And they will not leave in the face of this attack,” Haddad added. “To move them, there will have to be violence. It will either come from the army, the police, or the hired mercenaries. Either way there will be considerable bloodshed.”

In a move to isolate Morsi, the military imposed travel bans on Morsi, Badie and his deputy, al-Shater. The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported that the military had placed several leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood under surveillance, that top leaders were put under house arrest and that arms caches allegedly belonging to the Brotherhood had been located.

Fireworks light up the sky as opponents of Egypt's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, celebrate in Tahrir Square on Wednesday in Cairo.

Fireworks light up the sky as opponents of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, celebrate in Tahrir Square on Wednesday in Cairo.  Amr Nabil, AP
  • Fireworks light up the sky as opponents of Egypt's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, celebrate in Tahrir Square on Wednesday in Cairo.
  • Protesters and the Egyptian Republican Guard celebrate at the gates of the guard headquarters after a broadcast confirming that the military will temporarily be taking over from the country's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, on July 3 in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Opponents of Mohammed Morsi celebrate outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • Egyptians wave a national flag as fireworks light the sky over Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands opponents of  President Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Cairo.
  • Military special forces stand guard at a street after Egypt's military chief says the president is replaced by chief justice of constitutional court in Cairo.
  • Egyptians celebrate at a tea house after Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's announcement in Cairo that Egypt's military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution, called early elections and that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.
  • Flares light as opponents of Egypt's Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, celebrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo.
  • People cheer as Egyptian army tanks deploy on a street leading to Cairo University on July 3 in Cairo.
  • Egyptian Defense Minister Abdelfatah al-Sisi delivers a statement on national television in Cairo after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi.
  • A supporter of President Mohammed Morsi demonstrates during a rally in Nasser City. The words on his poster reads, "The people support legitimacy for the president."
  • Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • A demonstrator holds an anti-Morsi poster during a celebration at Tahrir Square.
  • Military special forces soldiers aim their weapons as they surround Morsi supporters in Nasser City.
  • Egyptian soldiers guard a military base in Nasser City.
  • An opposition protester is beaten by supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in downtown Damietta.
  • An opposition protester defends himself with a chair and knife during a battle with supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Damietta.
  • A woman protests against Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • Protesters chant slogans against Morsi during a protest in Tahrir Square.
  • A demonstrator shouts slogans against the government at Tahrir Square.
  • A protester was injured during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of President Mohammed Morsi outside Cairo University.
  • Anti-government demonstrators pray in Tahrir Square.
  • Laser lights on the wall of a government building spell out a message for President Morsi at Tahrir Square on July 2.
  • Thousands of protesters demonstrate at Tahrir Square .
  • A protester runs past a fire during clashes between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Giza.
  • Egyptian protesters calling for the ouster Morsi as they watch his speech on an outdoor screen near the presidential palace in Cairo. Morsi told Egyptians that he had been freely elected little more than a year ago and that he intended to continue to carry out his duties despite mass protests demanding his resignation.
  • Protesters demonstrate at Tahrir Square.
  • Opposition protesters shout slogans against Morsi near the presidential palace.
  • Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans and wave national flags during a rally on July 2 in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Morsi early on July 2 rejected a 48-hour ultimatum by the army, throwing Egypt further into political turmoil.
  • An military helicopter flies over an anti-Morsi demonstrator at Tahrir Square.
  • Supporters of President Morsi stage a rally near Cairo University Square in Giza.
  • Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi train with sticks and makeshift shields outside the Rabia el-Adawiya Mosque near the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • Demonstrators backing President Mohamed Morsi rally near Cairo University in Giza.
  • An opponent of Morsi sleeps in a tent near the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • A protester waves a national flag in Tahrir Square on July 1.
  • Thousands of demonstrators gather outside the presidential palace.
  • Supporters of Morsi attend a rally in Nasser City.
  • Protesters shout slogans against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood near the presidential palace.
  • Protesters supporting Morsi wave national flags during a rally in Nasser City.
  • Opposition protesters celebrate at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 1 after the Egyptian military gave Morsi 48 hours to meet the demands of the demonstrators or it would take action against him.
  • Egyptians react to a television broadcast from the military at a coffee shop near Tahrir  Square.
  • Opponents of Morsi carry a large Egyptian national flag outside the presidential palace after the military issued an ultimatum.
  • Women celebrate in Cairo.
  • A protester shouts slogans against Morsi.
  • Demonstrators shout slogans and wave national flags during a protest at Tahrir  Square.
  • Protesters ransack and burn the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo. Demonstrators stormed the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group as thousands of protesters prepared for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power.
  • Protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters.
  • Opponents of Morsi protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • Supporters of Morsi demonstrate outside the Rabia el-Adawiya Mosque on June 30 in Cairo.
  • Anti-government demonstrators burn the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo.
  • A demonstrator protests outside the presidential palace.
  • Thousands of demonstrators gather outside the presidential palace.
  • Supporters of Morsi hold a rally in Nasser City.
  • Opponents of Morsi pray during a protest at Tahrir Square.
  • A protester chants slogans against Morsi during a rally at Tahrir Square.
  • Opponents of the president protest.
  • An opponent of Morsi chants slogans as he holds pot covers with Arabic that reads, "Leave."
  • Thousands of opponents of Morsi gather for a protest calling for his ouster at Tahrir Square.
  • Supporters of Morsi rally in Nasser City.
  • Egyptians shout slogans as they march through the streets of Cairo on their way to join thousands protesting against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square.
  • Supporters of  Morsi gather in Nasser City.
  • Opponents of Morsi rally outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • An Egyptian protester rallies in Tahrir Square.
  • Supporters of Morsi demonstrate outside of the Rabia el-Adawiya Mosque on July 29 in Cairo.  Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist president are holding rival demonstrations as both sides prepare for massive protests on July 30.
  • A supporter of Morsi shouts slogans against the anti-government demonstrators.
  • Supporters of Morsi shout anti-opposition slogans at a public square outside the Rabia el-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo, not far from the presidential palace, during a rally in Cairo on June 29. Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egypt's embattled Islamist president are holding rival sit-ins on the eve of what are expected to be massive opposition-led protests aimed at forcing Mohammed Morsi's ouster. The demonstrations early Saturday follow days of deadly clashes in a string of cities across the country that left at least seven people dead, including an American, and hundreds injured.
  • A woman chants anti-government slogans as she protests near the presidential palace in Cairo.
  • A man takes a photo under an anti-government banner depicting Morsi in Cairo. The words on the banner read, "The end of the reign of terror."
  • A protester waves a national flag over Tahrir Square on June 28 in Cairo.
  • An anti-government protester demonstrates outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo.
  • Demonstrators wave their hands and hold national flags during a rally against the rule of Morsi at Tahrir Square.
  • Women who support Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood political party pray during a demonstration near the Rabaa El-Adaweya Mosque in Cairo.
  • Supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrate at the Rabaa El-Adaweya Mosque on June 28 in Cairo. Supporters and opponents of Egypt's president took to the streets for rival protests a year after his election.
  • An opponent of Morsi protests outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo.
  • A supporter of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood waves the national flag.
  • An opponent of Morsi protests outside the Defense Ministry.
  • Opponents of Morsi chant slogans as the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters burns in Alexandria, Egypt.
  • A man was wounded in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi in Alexandria.
  • An Egyptian government supporter is wheeled into an ambulance after being wounded during clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi in the coastal city of Alexandria.
  • A supporter of Morsi attends a rally in Cairo.
  • Muslim Brotherhood supporters shout slogans at the Rabaa El-Adaweya mosque.
  • Fireworks light up the sky as opponents of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square on Wednesday in Cairo.

Troops were also deployed to separate the pro-Morsi protesters at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque and the anti-Morsi demonstrators in front of the headquarters of the Ittihadiya presidential guard.

The clampdown came only hours after a meeting between al-Sisi and ElBaradei, Egypt’s leading democracy advocate, who represents the opposition National Salvation Front coalition and the youth groups leading anti-Morsi protesters.

Also in attendance to discuss the military’s proposed political “road map” were Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar mosque, and Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice party members say they refused an invitation to take part in the meeting.

A spokesman for Morsi, Ayman Ali, told Reuters that the president believed it was better “to die standing like a tree” than turn back history.

“It is better for a president, who would otherwise be returning Egypt to the days of dictatorship, from which God and the will of the people has saved us, to die standing like a tree,” Ali tells the news agency. “Rather than be condemned by history and future generations for throwing away the hopes of Egyptians for establishing a democratic life.”

In an emotional 46-minute speech on national TV Tuesday evening, Morsi warned the military against removing him, saying such action will “backfire on its perpetrators.”

He pledged to protect his “constitutional legitimacy” with his life and accused Mubarak loyalists of exploiting the wave of protests to topple his regime and thwart democracy.

“There is no substitute for legitimacy,” said Morsi, who at times angrily raised his voice, thrust his fist in the air and pounded the podium. He warned that electoral and constitutional legitimacy “is the only guarantee against violence.”

Although Morsi has been in office only a year, his opponents have grown increasingly angry over a deteriorating economic and political situation, as well as what they see as attempts by the Brotherhood to monopolize power.

As the crisis continued, there has been no official protection for protesters, and police even failed to intervene when Cairo’s Muslim Brotherhood headquarters was attacked then ransacked this week.

Stanglin reported from McLean, Va. Contributing: Jim Michaels from McLean, Va., and Michael Winter from San Francisco; the Associated Press

For many,  4th of July 2013 is a black day for democracy in Egypt for what has happened.

However, in my point of view, it is a black day for muslim. Why?

Reason being, there are muslim in both sides, in which I think they believe what they do is right. Sadly, how right they think they are, majority of those died for the cause they believed in are still muslim.

Moreover, the military coup done does not end (yet) with military holding on to the power till kingdom come, but it is to be continued with ANOTHER election, in which is a part of democracy process. So, how can one say democracy ended in Egypt when a process of democracy to be held in days to come?

I am deeply saddened by such development in Egypt, but I am more concerned that those who do the dying are muslims..

Al-Fatihah to those who died in such chaotic situation in Egypt…

Question on the street: What actually you learn from series of events and incidents from Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt???

2 thoughts on “Crisis in Egypt: A Tragedy to Muslim World More Than To Democracy

  1. This is what happens when the country refuse to accept IMF terms. Do not do away with taxes and the like to reduce price, until the country go bankrupt. Maintain high foreign reserve to avoid currency manipulation.

  2. Egypt’s military coup will make Muslims think that democracy has no room for them

    By Peter Oborne World Last updated: July 4th, 2013

    Here are six points that strike me as indisputable about today’s events in Egypt.

    1. Mohammed Morsi is in custody this morning, yet the only crime he has committed is being elected president of his country.

    2. If you don’t like a democratic government, you stick with it until the next election when you have a chance to throw it out. That is how democracy works.

    3. There is no doubt this was a military coup. Attempts to claim otherwise are absurd.

    4. Mohammed el Baradei (and the Coptic Church) have done himself great damage by backing the military intervention. Whatever form of government comes next will lack legitimacy because of the methods used today.

    5. William Hague failure to condemn outright and wholeheartedly the military coup on the Today Programme today was a terrible mistake.

    6. This is another democratically elected Islamist regime, like that of Algeria in 1991, which has not been given a chance. Today’s events are disastrous for the relationship between the West and the Muslim world.

    And here are some queries and preliminary observations. I’d like to see more evidence for William Hague’s claim that this was a “popular” coup d’etat. Even if the claims that two million people were on the streets yesterday were true, that’s less than 20 per cent of the population of Cairo, and just 2.5 per cent of the population of Egypt.

    I wonder how spontaneous this was. I guess that today’s events have been plotted ever since Morsi was elected last year. The army ran Egypt before the revolution, and the deep state never fully gave up control and is back in charge now.

    There is an obvious and very worrying analogy with the Algerian elections of 1991 which led to an Islamic government, which was soon overthrown in a military coup and swiftly followed by more than 10 years of civil war, leaving more than 100,000 people dead.

    The consequences of what happened yesterday in Egypt may turn out to be even more serious. We may not like or agree with the principles of the Islamist regimes which win these elections. But if they are not given a chance, many Muslims will conclude that there is no place for Islam in a democracy.

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