(AsiaNews) - President Mohamed Morsi is pitting Egyptians against each other to
stay in power. Recent clashes between anti-Morsi protesters and Islamists that
left two people dead and 60 injured are evidence of that. Protests have been
held in front of the Justice and Freedom party right after the president
announced constitutional changes that would give him almost absolute powers. Until
the new constitution is not announced, he could take any step deemed necessary
to defend the revolution, national unity or national security. This is designed
to protect the concentrate of power in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood,
which already controls parliament and the constituent assembly.
the first time, Egyptians have seen clashes between Islamists and Egyptians
that are in favour of democracy and a secular state. "In Alexandria, a great
demonstration by liberal parties was attacked by the president's supporters. They
thought their offices might be attacked so they reacted causing a street battle
with some people wounded."
is the first time that two components of Egyptian society are facing off for
political reasons. "Divisions at the elite level have turned into street
fights," he explained. "Actual fights were also reported in Cairo, Suez, Port
Said and Tajera. This could eventually lead to a civil war."
the judges are scheduled to meet the president to urge him to drop his
constitutional amendments if he wants to avoid an even greater breakdown of the
country. Yesterday, the Cairo Stock Exchange lost 9.9 per cent, one of its
worst declines ever.
the president refuse, various judges associations have said that they would go
on all-out strike. In some courts in the capital and Alexandria this has
Nagui Damian, even many voters who chose Morsi have become disillusioned. "They
have all come to realise the Muslim Brotherhood is full of liars. Instead of
finding a solution to the economic crisis, in a few months they have used their
power to take over every space in the territory, seize every crumb of power,
from trade unions to government bureaus."
running joke in the streets says, "Fortunately, the Copts have already elected
their patriarch; otherwise, Morsi would have taken that one too."
and Muslims who protested against Mubarak are also united against the Islamists.
Various components of Egyptian society have come together in the past two days.
Like in 2011, Egyptians have organised demonstrations irrespective of religious
do not want Morsi to have all the power," Damian explained. "He is doing what
his predecessors did-Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak-who used
popular support to become "pharaohs" with full powers. However, they latter at
least used a language that was close to the people. Morsi uses only Islam,
constantly appealing to God, Muhammad and the Qu'ran, as if his role was
protected from up high, that he was predestined. This is driving more and more
people away from Islamist parties, including very devout Muslims."
The growing opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, who
won Egypt's first democratic elections in 2011 and 2012 and a gained a
stranglehold over the constituent assembly, is becoming a greater reality even
in non-political quarters.
Various opposition groups have emerged inside the
powerful medical association, but also among teachers and lawyers.
night, journalists from the country's main newspapers met to discuss ways to
cover the ongoing crisis objectively.
They pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood's website
does not mention demonstrations against the president, that it is silent about
the stock exchange's plunge, and that it belittles international criticism of
the president's actions, which are seriously threatening the country's
transition to democracy. (S.C.)