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Three years after revolution there is little to celebrate in Egypt

RT: Three years after the revolution, what is there to celebrate? Mohammad Sabry: Well I said my opinion a couple of days ago in one of my articles, and I said Egypt has very little to celebrate on this day. In fact, we have a lot of dead people to mourn. We have a lot of explosions that rocked the city yesterday and this basically should cancel any form of celebration that was intended before that. Yesterday was an unprecedented day in the history of militancy in Egypt. Even through the 1990’s, no single city was hit by four bomb operations on one day, let alone the fact that the capital security department was targeted yesterday and was followed by three more bombings in different parts of the city. The day before, we had five officers killed in upper Egypt’s Beni Suef and this morning we woke up to the news of a military chopper targeted in North Sinai. There is absolutely nothing to celebrate; the country is more polarized than ever, we can see the signs of hostility and divisions. RT:Indeed, we see a lot of violence and unrest on the streets of Egypt and the situation is volatile there, as you just mentioned. There doesn’t seem to be much unity among people – but just how deep are those divisions that you started mentioning, between those who support the army and those who do not? MS: So far those divisions could be contained but what’s happening is we have a major ground for the pro-regime media inciting violence against anyone who is not endorsing the current regime. We have a whole population who is hearing this incitement every day. We have the Muslim Brotherhood who are definitely guilty of a lot of things – the things they’ve done or not have done during their year in power. But that does not give anyone the right to incite violence and civil strife. RT: The Muslim Brotherhood denies responsibility for the violence, so why does the public blame them for all these activities? MS: In fact the Muslim Brotherhood has never publicly and straightforwardly denied its responsibility for violence. In fact the Muslim Brotherhood has been caught on several cameras attacking opposition protesters. There have been several cases of detaining the opposition and shutting down media houses during their time [in power]. Of course it’s not as bad as the violence we’ve been seeing since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, but the Muslim Brotherhood’s approach is also not making them look very innocent. They keep talking about conspiracy theories. They keep blaming the government for staging those bombings in its departments, which is absolutely nonsense. But at the same time, the opposite side – which is the regime – and the regime loyalists and the pro-regime media or protesters are not peaceful themselves and are as hostile as the Muslim Brotherhood is. Legally we have to approach those explosions, those militant attacks, through evidence, through criminal investigations, which is the only thing we lack now. The Muslim Brotherhood is being blamed without evidence and without judicial movement into those cases. RT: We know that at least five blasts have happened in Cairo in the past week amid what is said to be tight security. What does this actually all mean? Does it mean that security is not tight enough? And what can be done to tighten it, to make sure this violence does not happen? MS: Apparently the current government is incompetent in dealing with the ongoing terrorism. We have seen warnings over the past six months and over the past three years in general and I don’t see any effective means of dealing with it. Of course, the military has done a great job in Sinai, but that’s a completely different story geographically, politically, and socially. But on the general level, if you have the security department of the capital bombed in broad daylight then that means a lot of things. It means that the government is somehow incapable of protecting itself in the way it should be protecting itself. And what should be stopped now and what the government should be working tirelessly to stop is inciting violence, moving the country forward towards a phase of civil strife. RT: How realistic is that? MS: The government is not doing any of it. I don’t see the government as facing those violators who gave themselves a right to attack other people. I don’t see the government giving us a clear text of what is happening. If you blame the Muslim Brotherhood for an attack, without any investigation, if the media frenzy is happening…we hear about unnamed security forces blaming the Muslim Brotherhood every other day. But so far we have not seen any legal documents giving evidence to who was behind these terrorist attacks. Read More

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Egyptian army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

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The crowds returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday evening, most delighted that the army appeared to be backing them.

The Generals have given the Egyptian government a 48 hour deadline to ‘listen to the will of the people’ or have the army impose its own ‘roadmap.’

Meanwhile, President Mursi has met with the head of Egypt’s armed forces, who is also the defence minister, to talk about the situation in the country.

Mursi is furious at the ultimatum and says he believes the army wouldn’t dare to attempt a coup.

Pressure is mounting on the government, with five ministers resigning in sympathy with the protests.

Earlier army helicopters flew above the crowds, trailing national flags, to much applause from the thousands gathered below.

Elsewhere, security forces arrested 15 armed bodyguards who worked for a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

They are accused of unlawful possession of firearms after activists were shot while attacking the Brotherhood’ s headquarters. Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured.

The Muslim Brotherhood say police failed to protect the building.

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Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to compromise in crisis

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Egypt’s powerful armed forces issued a virtual ultimatum to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Monday, calling on the nation’s feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country’s future within 48 hours.

A dramatic military statement broadcast on state television declared the nation was in danger after millions of Egyptians took to the streets on Sunday to demand that Mursi quit and the headquarters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood were ransacked.

“If the demands of the people are not realised within the defined period, it will be incumbent upon (the armed forces)… to announce a road map for the future,” said the statement by chief-of-staff General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

It was followed by patriotic music. The people had expressed their will with unprecedented clarity in the mass demonstrations and wasting more time would only increase the danger of division and violence, he said.

The army said it would oversee the implementation of the roadmap it sought “with the participation of all factions and national parties, including young people”, but it would not get directly involved in politics or government.

Anti-Mursi demonstrators outside the presidential palace cheered the army statement, and the main opposition National Salvation Front, which has demanded a national unity government for months, applauded the military’s move.

It was the second time in just over a week that the armed forces had issued a formal warning to the politicians, and it appeared to pile pressure on Mursi to concede power-sharing with the liberal, secular and left-wing opposition.

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The headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the Egyptian capital Cairo, has been left abandoned after a night of deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

Eight people were killed and dozens more were wounded.

After the staff fled, looters roamed through the six-storey building, making off with office equipment and other items from inside.

One anti-government protester explained how Muslim Brotherhood guards opened fire: “This isn’t an office, this is the Muslim Brotherhood Fortress. They were shooting live ammunition. Even when an ambulance tried to pass, they’d fire at it!”

The Brotherhood’s offices in Alexandria and in several other cities have also been attacked in recent days.

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Alexandria: US citizen dies in Egypt clashes

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A US citizen has died in Alexandria as clashes between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi turned violent on Friday, but little is known of his identity.

State TV reported the man was an American journalist. The US embassy have yet to confirm anything. Reports claim that he was filming images outside a local office of the Muslim Brotherhood. Security officials say the man died of a stab wound to the chest.

At least 70 others have been wounded as fighting erupted during anti-Morsi marches, held ahead of mass rallies planned for the weekend to mark the president’s one year anniversary in office. Many are disappointed with his rule, and are targeting the Muslim Brotherhood who backed his election.

Protesters stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, demanding the ‘fall of the regime’.

Religious leaders have called for calm as they fear the spectre of civil war.

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Egypt sends military reinforcements to Sinai

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Egypt sent extra troops to Sinai – days after seven members of its security forces were kidnapped there.

26 armoured vehicles and several military helicopters were deployed to the city of el-Arish.

The Sinai peninsula has become increasingly unstable since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago.

One el-Arish resident told euronews
that Egypt’s competing power blocks could be at the root of the unrest:

“The target now is the Egyptian army because it is the most powerful Arab army, and they want to break it. The Muslim Brotherhood came via the Americans to divide the Arab world,” the resident said.

Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi, a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood, said the government will explore all options to get the kidnapped soldiers released – except negotiating with the abductors.

Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reported from el-Arish:

“Targeting the Egyptian army raises many questions about who benefits from trying to force the military to engage in Egypt’s complex political situation at this time – especially in the border area, which is particularly sensitive in terms of security,” Shaikhibrahim said.

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Gohmert: Muslim Brotherhood members ‘have influence’ in White House

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) revisited the anti-Muslim accusations lobbied by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MI) last year in a radio interview, Think Progress reported on Saturday. “Radical Islam is at war with us,” Gohmert said in an interview on Thursday with World Net Daily radio….

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