Egypt - Will the Elections be Mired by Violence? | Quadriga
A few days before the first free elections in Egypt, chaos has returned to the streets. Thousands of Egyptians have returned to Tahrir Square to protest - this time against the military government. Their demonstrations escalated rapidly: so far, more than 30 people have been killed and many more have injured by batons, tear gas and rubber bullets. So are Monday's elections in jeopardy? The public's fear that the old leaders will return is equaled only by its distrust of the military council. The military that was once celebrated as an ally in the fight against the old regime is now accused of carrying out the same sorts of violence against opposition activists as Mubarak's thugs. Many Egyptians are questioning whether the military council really wants to bring about political change, or if it's just concerned with protecting its own power. The head of the Military Council, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, is considered by many to be the new Mubarak. The generals appointed by the ousted President have emphasized again and again that they only want to facilitate the transition to a civilian government. But the interim government, which has since resigned, was nothing but a puppet of the Council. The draft constitution cemented the power by the military rather than new democratic structures. And accusations of arbitrary arrests, torture and other human rights violations have slowly eroded Egyptians' last remaining confidence in the military. Meanwhile, supporters of <b>...</b>
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