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Two days of protests and violence leave Egypt on edge
Ahram Online covered fierce clashes between protesters and security forces in several Egyptian cities during the revolution's 2nd anniversary and tracked reactions from major political players
Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Jan 2013
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Clashes
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shield their faces from tear gas during clashes along Mohamed Mahmoud Street which leads to the Interior Ministry, Cairo's downtown (Photo: Reuters)

Political turmoil, instability, and polarisation deepened in Egypt in the last two days as angry protesters lash out at president Mohamed Morsi, the Musslim Brotherhood and the police.

At least 40 people were killed in nationwide clashes between protesters and security forces in the past 48 hours as opposition forces escalate their rhetoric against the incumbent Muslim Brotherhood regime.

On the second anniversary of the 2011 revolution Friday, hundreds of thousands hit the streets chanting slogans against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, from which he hails, charging both with failing to fulfill the demands of the revolution after assuming power.

Many called for the cancellation of the "unrepresentative" constitution drafted by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and newly ratified.

Protests turned violent with hundreds of injuries reported in Cairo, Alexandria, Beheira, Luxor, Kafr El-Sheikh, Gharbia, Sharqia, Ismailia and Suez.

In Suez alone, nine protesters were killed as government buildings and Brotherhood headquarters were attacked and torched.

On Saturday, 30 more were killed in fierce confrontations that broke out in Port Said, where police forces locked horns with families and supporters of 21 defendants sentenced to death in connection to last year's football massacre where over 70 Ahly fans died in a violent attack by Masry fans from Port Said.

As a result of the violence, president Morsi opted not to travel to Ethiopia to attend an African economic summit.

On Saturday evening, Egypt’s National Defence Council, led by President Morsi, said it might consider declaring a state of emergency in areas of violence, calling for dialogue with opposition forces over ongoing clashes in several governorates.

Opposition forces, however, do not look poised to agree to the dialogue.

Several political parties and groups embarked on a demonstration Saturday afternoon marching from Tahrir Square's Omar Makram Mosque to the nearby Shura Council (the lower house of parliament) protesting Friday's killings and calling for the realisation of the revolution's demands.

Central Security Forces (CSF) used teargas to disperse hundreds of marchers near the Shura Council on Qasr El-Aini Street, off Tahrir Square. Many were arrested in the area afterwards.

Egypt’s main opposition grouping, the National Salvation Front (NSF), has urged President Morsi to respond positively to five demands announced by the group, or else face mass peaceful protests.

For its part, the Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement that "thugs," "misleading" media, and opposition parties were to blame for the nationwide violence, inferring in particular that the violence was pre-planned.

Meanwhile, Britain and Germany have called on all sides in the ongoing process of polarisation in the country to reach peaceful solutions.





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Abou Nedal
27-01-2013 05:27pm
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Chaos
The discussion that we witness here is representative of the current situation in Egypt.In one word : chaos. some see what's happening as a natural consequence of the despair of those underrepresented, others point out an international conspiracy orchestrated by the Mossad,and between there are those who call on the enforcement of the sharia. This chaotic vision of the situation mainly fueled by the amateurish media, the opposition's very poor performance added to the corruption and the dysfunction of certain stats vital institutions like the security apparatus and the judicial. The equation is very simple, there will not be any kind of stability in our country unless the leaders and officials of the former regime who have been acquitted from charges of killing and wounding protesters during the early days of the 25th January revolution, unless these deaths are properly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice. Why defendant's family in Port Said are asked to obey t
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Democracia
27-01-2013 04:13pm
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What you expect...
"...Desperate People Do Desperate Things..." You are so right, Champollion... The Egyptian youth and Egyptian people have been betrayed for decades and still get betrayed by their politicians and their religious leaders. No proper education (which could be competitive to international standards), no jobs and no work, no hope, no future, no money to marry a girl or even to eat normal good food, no chance for even a normal relation to the other gender, just insane "Does and Don'ts" all the time, just frustration and anger and desperation and rage over and over... What you except from those betrayed generations, especially the young one? You want to blame them for what? The actual government is as unable to solve those problems as the one before... So the only way to show your feelings and to show that you are still there is explosion...
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WARahman
27-01-2013 01:31pm
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Invoke Emergency Law
The government should invoke emergency law and deal decisive action on those law breaker. They have abused the freedom given by the government . They break law and destroy the economy and making the investor lost confidence by this instability.The police should investigate the financier and the leader and charge them for money laundering and terrorism.They only know how to point other people are wrong but they look at themself what is wrong with them self.
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Champollion
27-01-2013 12:45pm
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Desperate People Do Desperate Things
these are not thugs, they are not Feloul, they are not saboteurs or agents of a foreign power - they are desperate Egyptians. And they are desperate because they have no voice, nobody to represent them - the government has gone and been replaced by a Shura Council that is packed with Islamists who make up at most 20% of the population. The Brotherhood has utterly failed at forming a government for all Egyptians. Morsi is only a president for the Ichwann, not for Egypt
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Democracia
29-01-2013 04:06pm
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Time bombs...
I try it again: Nora, are you speaking about the 2 million street children and kids in Cairo? Forgotten by society, politicians and religious leaders. Ok, you may call them thugs... That's far too easy. In fact those young ones are living time bombs. Do you expect them to say 'Thank you " to anybody? FOR WHAT? Nobody is really interested in the reasons behind all this, everybody is just complaining about the output of such a desperate generation....
Zaki
29-01-2013 01:08am
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Desperate People are doing Desperate Things destrying Egypt
He Camelion, you are dead wrong in math. If Islamists who make up at most 20% of the population. How could they win the fair vote to be President. You should get admitted to the elementary school or get your head examined by a psychitrist. These protesters dont know what are they protesting for, they paid thugs. paid by by the West through criminals Copts and NSF leaders.
Democracia
28-01-2013 09:52am
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Where do you live?
Nora, I don't know where you live... Thugs? Maybe those 'thugs" are some of the 2.5 million "street children" of Cairo and elsewhere, young ones forgotten by society and politicians and religious leaders... If there is something bankrupt, than at least 80 percent of the country is morally and economically bankrupt. Did you ever asked for the real reasons or backgrounds of this?
Ansari
28-01-2013 09:26am
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The NSF and their allies are paid agents of West, Copts, and hired killers
Champollion, yes these Egyptians are desperate for power, and dont see any avenue to grab the power in this and next coming election. These are thugs hired by Felouls. Felouls are sipping whisky in their comfortable villas, and poor unemployed are doing those felouls dirty laundry. It the money being paid to the protesters. The Morsi government has inherited both hanful of problems from Pharoah Mubarak. Mubaral's and Wester agents are destabilizing the country. Morsi must enact emergency law and arrest these hired thugs.
Nora
27-01-2013 04:55pm
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More desperate Propaganda
Killing, stealing, burning, raping and blocking roads are all act of thugs. No need to beautify their actions or their background. The oppositions are bankrupted. History looks down on use of violence, even for noble means.
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Mohamed
27-01-2013 10:19am
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,MOSAD May Behind Them
There may be a International Agenda Towards Egypt Back By Israel,Egypt Army Must Find who Are These Thugs ,and How They Got Fund,MOSAD May Behind Them .
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Democracia
28-01-2013 03:53pm
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Huhu...
Huhuhu, hahaha, hihihi... (sorry, dear friend, but that's too silly...).
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maryam
27-01-2013 10:16am
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There is only one way to deal with this
Egyptians need strong fair hand strong fair sharia laws that leads Egypt to succes and stability for All Egyptians.Or are there Egyptians who know better than the ONE who created them. These divided Egyptians have to know that socalled freedom does not mean do whatever you think and whatever you say.These violent people don,t know how to apply to freedom.They never will.first knowledge than actions.
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Zaki
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time
It is imperative that Morsi should act firmly and decisively to deal with the thugs and hoodlums of the opposition. It is time Egypt’s opposition groups should given stern warnings and disband NSF, other anarchist parties now. For its part, the Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement that "thugs," "misleading" media, and opposition parties were to blame for the nationwide violence, inferring in particular that the violence was pre-planned. Morsi should activate emergency law and and disallow all protests for next 6 months and then extend the time limit.
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mostafa
27-01-2013 04:14am
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This is not politics
And at the same time Baradei and Sabahi try and use this to service their agendas, you will destroy this country with your selfish motives but maybe thats what you want anyway.
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Doaa
26-01-2013 11:28pm
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the government must crush the thugs
The secular opposition will lose the upcominmg elections. The vast majority of Egyptians have come to discover the utterly undemocratic nature of this opposition. The democratically-elected government must deal decisively and severely with the thugs.
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noura
26-01-2013 11:24pm
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Mubarak's thugs
These are Mubarak's thugs, they want to destroy Egypt in the serice of Israel.
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Denise
27-01-2013 03:15am
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democracy
Does this person not want to live in a democratic country, religion should not rule peoples lifes, can you tell me what the Israelis have ever done to you.

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