Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests outside presidential palace in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests outside presidential palace in Egypt

Cairo : Egypt | Dec 05, 2012 at 11:26 AM PST
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Head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie

In response to what it calls "oppressive abuses" by opposition parties against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called on Morsi supporters to gather outside the presidential palace (Kasr al-Ittihadiya) in the northern Cairo district of Heliopolis on Wednesday afternoon to express their support for Morsi's constitutional declaration.

According to Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood's official website, the Brotherhood's spokesman Mahmud Ghozlan, said in a statement that the Muslim Brotherhood and other popular forces have called for a demonstration outside al-Ittihadiya palace on Wednesday afternoon to defend the legitimacy of morsi's rule after protesters on Tuesday thought they could impose their opinions through force.

Under the new constitutional declaration, described by Morsi as temporary, all laws and decrees he issues are final and unchallengeable, which means that the president seemingly above the law, giving him immunity from prosecution.

On Tuesday night, Egyptians took their protests against Morsi to the gates of his palace, demanding his ouster in scenes not witnessed even during demonstrations that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters dubbed the latest demonstration outside the palace as "The Last Warning," and opposition parties have threatened to begin a program of civil disobedience if the government continues to ignore their concerns.

Meanwhile, Morsi was forced to flee his residence after violent clashes broke out between demonstrators and police; 18 people were injured.

"Morsi left the al-Ittihadiya palace and headed home," a security source said. He added that the decision was made to calm down the protesters, Nile TV said, citing security sources.

On Wednesday morning, riots and chaos broke out shortly after Morsi returned to the palace. Hundreds of protesters have surrounded the area. Police fired tear gas at those gathered at the palace this morning, while protesters chanted for the downfall of the regime and cut through the barbed wire surrounding the building.

Later in the day, MENA news reported that Morsi's supporters have chased anti-Morsi protesters from their tents near the presidential palace.

However, protests against Morsi's decisions also erupted in Alexandria and the central province of Sohag.

It is worth mentioning, despite boycott calls by the head of the Judges Club, Ahmed al-Zind, who said judges supervising the referendum would never be forgiven, the Supreme Judicial Council said it would ensure judicial supervision of the referendum.


Simpy put, the demonstrations that overthrew Mubarak during a relatively short period in 2011 cannot, today, make Morsi change his mind regarding his dictatorial decision, which paralyzed all the fields in Egypt. From here, we can say that Egypt replaced a dictator with another stronger one. Perhaps to be described as the "New Pharaoh of Egypt" is not enough.

On the other hand, the Egyptian people insist on their decision to have the democracy as the main title of the rule, but apparently Morsi cannot rule with democracy. He does not accept being criticized at all. This is clear from the secret decisions of terminating a number of announcers from Egyptian TV, alongside with covering the continuous incidents from one side only, the Muslim Brotherhood's point of view.

When the Egyptian people carried out their revolution, they had clear demands, including improvements to the conditions of the Egyptian people and ending financial corruption. At the same time, they did want a president who gave up all his promises of democracy as soon as he got the presidency. Moreover, he started to work for the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood only. Even when he formed a government, the important posts were given either to a Brotherhood member or a reliable person to them.

I think that the Egyptian people feel guilty today because their revolution has been lost. For this, despite the cold weather and rain, people are out in demonstrations, and they are, for the first time, demanding the fall of Morsi's regime. However, it seems that the fall of Morsi will not be for free; the price would be a lot of Egyptian blood.

There are still difficult days to be witnessed by the Egyptian people and they have to maintain steadfastness against those who talk only about democracy but apply dictatorship.


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