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Brotherhood sees Egypt 'coup' fuelling hatred of West

Senior MB member warns the West of supporting the military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi

Reuters , Sunday 7 Jul 2013
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood believes Western governments fully supported the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, a decision it says will fuel hatred towards the United States and Europe and ultimately backfire on them.

Mohamed El-Beltagy, a senior Brotherhood politician, said everyone would lose, including the West, from violence that could result from the removal of Morsi - Egypt's first freely elected head of state who served just one year in office.

"We feel, with great regret, that the international community is somehow intervening in recognition and support of the military coup," Beltagy told Reuters in an interview.

"This restores the state of hatred towards those European and American nations whose states always stand with despotic regimes against nations looking for freedom," he added.

His remarks point to Islamist anger at Western states over their failure to punish the military for toppling Morsi in a move spurred on by mass protests against his rule.

Beltagy also flagged concerns that Morsi's removal would trigger violence by Islamists who would see no point in democratic processes that the mainstream Brotherhood had worked hard to bring them into.

To the Islamists, the West's policy towards Morsi's removal marks a return to the double standards of the Hosni Mubarak era. During his 30 years in power, Egypt received billions of dollars of aid from Europe and the United States, but made little or no progress towards democracy.

Both the United States and the European Union have refrained from calling the army's removal of Morsi a coup - a label that would likely result in sanctions against a country of vital strategic importance, sitting at the crossroads of three continents and bordering Israel.

The United States, which donates $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt each year, expressed "deep concern".

And the European Union, Egypt's biggest civilian donor, called for a speedy return to democratic process.

But neither condemned the takeover. The army says it was responding to the popular will - a view echoed by liberal and leftist groups.

Beltagy said Europe and America had shown themselves to be "supporters of despotism, and supporters of oppression". Accepting the legitimacy of the army takeover was tantamount to accepting the "law of the jungle", he said.

"I will not leave"

He was speaking at a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp outside a mosque in northeast Cairo. The group has said it will stay in the street until Morsi returns to the presidency. The alternative, it says, is passive resistance until death.

"Our bare chests are stronger than bullets," said Beltagy.

Several of the group's top leaders have been arrested since Morsi was toppled and detained by the army.

Beltagy said he had narrowly avoided arrest two days ago when around a dozen men in plain clothes had tried to snatch him from the protest. They were stopped by Brotherhood supporters.

"I am here, I will not leave," he said.

After Mubarak was swept from power in 2011, Western states engaged the Brotherhood - a banned movement under Mubarak - and recognised Morsi as a democratically elected leader.

U.S. policy towards the Brotherhood angered its liberal opponents, who accused Washington of cozying up to the group.

Now, it is the other way around: the Islamists are accusing Washington of siding with the liberals. Some even go as far as claiming the United States had a role in what happened.

Responding to such claims, President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States was not taking sides.

While the Brotherhood "has not and will not resort to violence", Beltagy has warned that Morsi's ouster risks pushing other Islamists to use force, echoing concern that it will radicalise youths angered by the failure of democracy.

He said: "When they see that the democratic experience has been quashed within one year ... and that constitutions have no value ... it could push others to despair and then violence in which I think everyone will lose, including the Western powers.

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Experience
07-07-2013 09:26pm
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Big mistake
Mursi had only 1 year, so in democracy u should punish someone in elections, not by support of army or not by mass protests...What is going to happen now?Should MB protest everyday, to blame new PM for economy after one year?is this the way democracy works?I am sure after not this but the second elections MB will win it with a great success.Then everyone will condemn the military ...People will be regretful and embrassed of what they have thought...This intervention(actually the coup) gave a chnace to MB to unify and come stronger..Economical problems cannot be solved in 4 years, not with a coalition, not with group of people who will never be goverment in an elction.Those people will think this is the only chance for me so best thing is steal and take money...Poor Egyptians they dont know what they are going to face...
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Samantha Criscione
07-07-2013 09:07pm
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Obama in fact SPONSORED Morsi's Brotherhood government!
Obama's 'we-are-not-interfering-in-Egypt' statement was not a response to charges that the U.S. OPPOSES the Brotherhood, but that it supports it -- as so many signs say at today's demonstration. Now, as usual, the Brotherhood tries to turn things upside down by claiming that the West sponsored the coup, when in fact the U.S. pressured the military NOT to depose Morsi; the U.S. ambassador publicly opposed the June 30 demonstrations; Germany condemned Morsi's removal; the UN expressed grave concern over the arrest of a few Brotherhood criminals, and on and on.--Samantha Criscione
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Tammy
07-07-2013 07:54pm
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time to stop the blaming!!
morsi & the mb brought about their downfall all alone, with no help. They refused to listen, refused to hear & refused to compromise until it was too late & the people had heard enough of their lies & deceit. It seems the protests are always peaceful until the islamist extremists show up with their illegal weapons & try to intimidate & threaten everyone who disagrees. It also seems its always the mb & their supporters firing live rounds & killing innocent people..so passive resistance is just another lie, they have no idea how to be passive or non violent & they keep showing it again & again!! You can not have a government that is religiously biased toward one sect of society & show total disregard & disrespect to all other elements of society & call anyone who disagrees with you an infidel. You can not totally ignore the wants & needs of the people & try to rule them by laws which are only used by one religion. morsi & the mb had one year to make a difference & the only difference they made was a very bad one, destroying the country with their religious beliefs imposed onto a whole country & in their arrogance & greed for power ignoring the people they governed. They did nothing to make the people of Egypts lives better, they made their lives worse. How much longer did they think the people would put up with it?? And still they keep blaming everyone but themselves for what they caused..GROW UP..MAN UP..they need to accept & admit that this was caused by morsi & the mb & NO ONE ELSE!! I AM SO SICK OF HEARING THEM BLAMING IT ON EVERYONE ELSE!! THEY WERE THE ONES IN POWER, THEY WERE THE ONES MAKING THE DECISIONS FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY NOT ANYONE ELSE!!!
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