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Muslim Brotherhood’s power growing from the Jasmine Revolution
A source tells AsiaNews that Muslim extremists are behind recent attacks against police stations and secret service offices. They probably tried to destroy their files, whilst giving a different spin on the raids. Other sources note that Islamists are still a minority in the country, as most Egyptians, Christians and Muslims, are still committed to their country’s future. People continue to be uneasy about poor security.
Cairo (AsiaNews) – “The Muslim Brotherhood is reaping the benefits of the Jasmine revolution, which began as a real coming together of all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims,” a source told AsiaNews, anonymous for security reasons. Groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood recently stormed police stations and secret service offices to destroy files containing information about their activities. This version of events is different from what international media reported. The latter claimed that ordinary Egyptians attacked such sites to stop the destruction of papers documenting abuses and torture of dissidents under the Mubarak regime.
According to the source, many Christians still feel threatened by the lack of security, as the recent attack against the Coptic community in the village of Soul indicates. On that occasion, Muslims set fire to a local church, forcing thousands of people to flee.
“The West should remain focused on Egypt. The active intervention of Europe and the international community, by qualifying the recognition of any new government, could positively influence the Jasmine Revolution,” the source said.
However, the future of the revolution is uncertain, this according to other sources. For them, “the country is in a mess.”
Even though life has started to go back to normal in Cairo and the main cities, with schools and offices reopening, one major problem remains, namely “the lack of security”. At the same time, “we do not know what will happen to the country.”
Given the uncertain future, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is well organised, could take advantage of the situation to take over. However, “they are a minority, and young people are still very active in society, and want to transform Egypt along democratic lines.”
The new electoral law benefits former regime and the Muslim Brotherhood
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Born after the jasmine revolution, Justice and Freedom aims to achieve 50% of the votes in September elections, despite the unfavourable polls. AsiaNews sources emphasize the clever campaign of the Muslim Brotherhood, to date the only ones on television, radio and in newspapers. Concern over Islamist drift of Egypt.
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It is the second anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution. The most serious clashes in Suez, where the army blocked the entrance to the channel. President Mohamed Morsi threatens to use an iron fist against the perpetrators of violence. Port Said in flames after the verdict on the massacre of supporters of the February 2, 2012. Police barracks attacked.
Tens of thousands of people in Tahrir Square to protect Egypt’s Arab and Islamic identity
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Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
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