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counterpunch, 10 novembre 2013

Egypte : When a Defiant President Refuses to Go Away

par Esam Al-AMIN

An anti-Mursi protester carries placards with a picture of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (top) and crossed out pictures of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, during a massive protest in Alexandria June 30, 2013. The banner reads as "Leave, leave"

When Egypt’s Defense Minister, General Abdelfattah El-Sisi, deposed President Muhammad Morsi in a military coup depicted as a popular revolt, on July 3, 2013, coup leaders were confident that Morsi and his supporters, led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), would quickly capitulate and recognize the new reality.


Within hours of the coup, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-coup leaders and popular public figures were rounded up, as most TV and satellite channels deemed to be anti-coup or simply critical of the army’s brazen intervention, were swiftly banned and closed down. At the time, Sisi claimed that he had intervened in order to prevent an impending civil war, and he promised security, stability, and prosperity. But it seems that the generals and their enablers have badly miscalculated. Four months into the bloody coup, Egypt’s deep and unprecedented crisis keeps growing.

It’s a fact that millions of Egyptians initially supported the military intervention in order to overthrow Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood and genuinely detested the group or were exasperated with the deteriorating security and economic conditions in the country. However, as I explained in a previous article much of the opposition against Morsi was co-opted by the remnants of the old Mubarak regime and the deep state (the complex web that ruled Egypt for six decades, which comprised of various corrupt but powerful elements within the military, intelligence services, security apparatus, oligarchs, media, judiciary, and state bureaucracy).

Anti-Mursi protesters (bottom) and residents of an area in Sidi Gaber, clash in a side street off a main street where a massive anti-Mursi protest is taking place, in Alexandria, June 30, 2013

Yet, contrary to the image Morsi tried to cultivate during his one-year rule, he was really never able to scratch the surface of, let alone dismantle or control, these powerful and entrenched state institutions, which in reality never recognized his authority. Since then, more evidence has emerged to buttress this fact including footage of a high-ranking police officer admitting before his comrades that the police and army had been planning to overthrow Morsi weeks before the coup. In another audio post a former leader of Tamarrud –the youth movement that suddenly burst into the political scene calling for popular demonstrations and overthrow of Morsi on June 30, 2013- regretted his involvement and exposed the surreptitious relationship between his group and pro-Mubarak state security officers.



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    éditeur : Frank Brunner | ouverture : 11 novembre 2000 | reproduction autorisée en citant la source