A flurry of deadly incidents this week have touched a raw nerve in the nation’s psyche
Pro-Morsi university students fight police in capital, hours after Sinai bombing kills 11 off duty officers
By Yara Bayoumy
CAIRO | Sun Oct 6, 2013 9:37am EDT
(Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi marched through Cairo on Sunday towards Tahrir Square, where pro-army supporters gathered to celebrate the anniversary of an attack on Israeli forces in 1973.
A member of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood was killed and at least two were wounded when marchers clashed with police in a town 300 km (190 miles) south of Cairo, security and medical sources said.
Egyptian authorities had warned on Saturday that anyone who protested against the army during the October 6 ceremonies would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, not an activist.
Clashes between Mursi supporters and police broke out in several cities, including Alexandria, Suez and Aswan.
Thousands of members of the Brotherhood, which was recently banned, reached within five city blocks of Tahrir – the rallying point for protestors during the revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Commentary By: Gordon King
Everything may not be as it appears. Presentation is everything, yet is it always right? From government conjecture to mass media reports, we are being told one thing, but is it the truth?
We are told that the Syrian government has attacked the Syrian rebels with chemical weapons. President Assad says that he didn’t do it, the rebels now claim that they did. President Vladimir Putin says that President Assad didn’t do it. President Obama is certain that President Assad did do it.
What are we to believe. We have seen no evidence for proof either way. Yet, President Obama seems committed to bombing the Syrian government. Why? Why is he so adamant about bombing Syria. There must be a reason beyond the chemical attack. An underlying motive.
Commentary By: Gordon King
The Syrian civil war has been a nightmare. Over one hundred thousand people have been killed. Millions of people have become refugees. There has been mass genocide of Christians, and Muslims who are on the wrong side of the fence.
The world is at bay, holding back, waiting and watching to see what will happen next. Chemical weapons are reported to have been used to kill approximately 1400 people. Much of the world is placing the blame on the Syrian government. But, where is the evidence to support such claims? None so far. Yet many countries, including America, are ready to attack the Syrian government and Bashar al-Assad.
President Obama seems more than eager to attack Syria for using chemical weapons. Even though he has no evidence proving Assad’s guilt.
FM Nabil Fahmy warns against ‘internationalization’ of so-called internal matters, suggests Cairo could do without European help
The Egyptian government rejected a warning issued by the European Union Sunday that the group would “urgently review” its relations with Egypt, warning the authorities there that the people’s calls for democracy and fundamental rights “cannot be disregarded, much less be washed away in blood.”
Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy warned against the “internationalization” of the crisis in his country, emphasizing that it was an internal affair, and boldly suggesting that Egypt could do without EU help
“I want to determine what is useful and what is not and what aid is being used to pressure Egypt and whether this aid has good intentions and credibility,” Fahmy told reporters in Cairo. “We are not looking to replace one friend with another but we will look out to the world and continue to establish relations with other countries so we have options.”
‘You jerk. Muslim Brotherhoods are killing Egyptians’
America certainly has popularity problems – despite spending billions of dollars – among the nations in the Middle East and north Africa, but it took Wednesday’s uprising in Egypt, in which a Muslim Brotherhood-linked president apparently was taken down, to reveal the full extent of dislike of America’s president, Barack Obama.
“Wake Up America Obama backs Up a Fascist Regime in Egypt,” declared one banner.
“Obama Supports Terrorism,” said another.
CAIRO – Thousands of Egypt’s Coptic Christians are fleeing to Europe, the United States and elsewhere rather than face mounting discrimination at home.
Copts, Egypt’s ancient Christian community, are the country’s largest minority, making up nearly 10 percent of its 85 million people.
But clashes between Christians and Muslims have become more frequent since the ouster of longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 uprising – some say due to a breakdown of government security. Many Copts feel Egypt’s Islamist-led government is not doing enough to protect them from religious hate crimes and inflammatory rhetoric – so many are leaving.
“My sister in California wanted a better life for her and her two daughters,” explained Marianne Aziz, a 25-year-old pharmacist. “There was a big fight between us and our Muslim neighbors over our parking place … . They cut my brother-in-law’s face with a knife.”
CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptian protesters clashed with riot police and backers of the president’s Muslim Brotherhood on Friday, ransacking several offices nationwide as anger over allegations of beatings and power-grabbing boiled over into the largest and most violent demonstrations yet on the doorstep of the powerful group.
As night fell, streets surrounding the Brotherhood headquarters were littered with shattered glass, charred vehicles, stones and gloves stained with blood. The number of injured reached nearly 100 from the two sides.
“We came to the stronghold of the Brotherhood. No more protests in front of the presidential palace because those ruling Egypt are here,” said 50-year-old Hamat Awat, a female protester while running away from volleys of tear gas fired by black-clad riot police guarding the headquarters.
Anger erupted a week ago when Brotherhood members beat journalists and liberal and secular activists during a protest outside the group’s Cairo headquarters. Journalists were there to cover a meeting. Protesters demand an apology, but the fundamentalist movement said its guards were provoked and acted in self-defense.
After smaller demonstrations since last weekend outside the headquarters, thousands of activists thronged to the building and battled Brotherhood supporters with birdshot, rocks, knives, sticks and their fists Friday. Gunshots were heard ringing in the neighborhood.
Three Brotherhood offices were ransacked by mobs in another Cairo neighborhood, in the second-largest city of Alexandria and in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla.
Egypt has faced near-constant turmoil in the more than two years since longtime, authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in a revolt. His successor Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, has faced increasing frustration over what many see as attempts by his group to monopolize power and the slow pace of his efforts to reform the state and fulfill the revolution’s promises of better living standards and justice.
Thousands of policemen, meanwhile, have gone on strike, refusing to confront protesters, and in some provinces, Egyptians have taken to vigilante violence and killings to fight crime. The unrest has badly hurt the economy, with foreign investors and tourists largely staying away, and a diesel crisis that has crippled life for millions.
Morsi’s opponents — led by many of the activists who were at the forefront of the mass protests leading to Mubarak’s ouster — charge that he has done little to improve the country in the nine months since he took office. They accuse the Brotherhood, which rose in power after years of repression under the former secular regime, of seeking to monopolize power, a charge the group denies.
The anti-Brotherhood protesters demanding the resignation of the attorney general and the interior minister, both presidential appointees. They also accuse the interior minister of authorizing security forces to use excessive force against protesters. More than 70 people have been killed in protests with police since Mohammed Ibrahim was appointed in January.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Yasser Mehres blamed opposition parties for calling Friday’s protest outside the group’s headquarters. He said it gave way for “thugs” to infiltrate and attack Brotherhood offices.
“Right now, Brotherhood buses are being burnt and there are serious injuries with people in critical condition,” he said. “It is not acceptable that Egyptians watch TV and see this farce taking place as Egyptians fight one another.”
Young men threw stones and wielded tree branches and broken bottles as they chanted against Morsi near the Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo. One sign held aloft by a protester outside the headquarters read: “Who is ruling Egypt?”
Riot police stood guard around the building but initially didn’t interfere to break up the two sides fighting a few blocks away. Later in the evening, the police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who tried to approach the headquarters.
Black plumes of smoke billowed after protesters torched buses that had ferried Brotherhood members to the site, and security officials said at least 100 people were injured.
Fatima Khalifa, 30, said she was demonstrating to send a message to the Brotherhood that they are the aggressors.
“Morsi must be tried for killings of protesters just like Mubarak,” she said.
The Brotherhood spokesman said the group’s headquarters was the wrong place to demand change.
“The protesters’ demands should be delivered to the government and president, not the Brotherhood office because even though the president came from the group, he makes decisions that are separate from the group,” Mehres told The Associated Press.
In another Cairo neighborhood, young protesters broke into the Brotherhood party’s office in Manial and stole some items, according to security officials.
In Alexandria, an AP cameraman saw protesters attack the Brotherhood party’s office, leaving with computers, files and other objects. The attack took place near the site where unknown assailants fought protesters demanding the resignation of Morsi, who is a member of the party.
They also torched a Brotherhood office in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla, a security official said.