(AsiaNews) - Tensions between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Muslim
Brotherhood have reached a boiling point in post-Mubarak Egypt. Since Sunday,
Islamist parliamentarians have been protesting in front of parliament, which
was dissolved just before the presidential election, shouting slogans against
the military, accusing them of carrying out a coup. Meanwhile, as they wait for
the results of the presidential poll, leaders from the Muslim Brotherhood's
Freedom and Justice Party claim they are defending democracy against the
military. Yesterday, they said they would organise large protests, like those
that led to Mubarak's downfall last year. For Riham Ramzy, a young Catholic
Coptic women's rights activist, both the military and Islamists are only out to
defend their own interests, not those of a democratic Egypt.
Egyptians are against the new constitutional declaration, which is an attack
against democracy," she said. "It limits the powers of the president and gives
the military the power to appoint members of the future assembly. At the same
time however, people are afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood, which, like the
military, has marginalised other political forces, also limiting the voices of
the families of the martyrs of Tahrir Square."
revolutionary élan, that seemed so contagious at the time of Mubarak's fall,
has waned as people faced a choice between the continuation of the military
regime, and an unknown future with the Islamists.
"In this situation,
we are caught between a military rock and an Islamist hard place. Both are
against the values for which hundreds of us made sacrifices," she said.
Square revolution by young people was clear from the start, the young woman explained.
It was a struggle for democracy, human rights and religious freedom against all
forms of interference, military or religious.
between large numbers of Islamists and thousands of soldiers deployed to
protect parliament and various ministries might be a prelude for a direct
confrontation between Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists and the military.
the movements in Tahrir Square want to stay out of this war," Riham said. "It's
not our fight." However, "many people still think that democracy has not completely
disappeared and that it is still worth fighting for."
the best solution would be for a victory by the Muslim Brotherhood in the
presidential elections. At least, this way, a civilian would be able to stand
up to the military. Although it would not be a democracy, we would avoid having
absolute power in the hands of one of the two factions."
the 15-16 June elections are expected to be released next Thursday. At present,
both candidates, Ahmed Shafiq, (a former prime minister of Mubarak) and Mohammed
Morsy (Muslim Brotherhood) claim to have won with 52 per cent of the vote. (S.C.)