Clearly, the new constitution, which was passed during widespread intimidation of those who would not agree with it; is not representative of many Egyptians. People across the country launched protests against it.
Those who have been protesting have been shot down in the streets in Suez and Ismailia. Eight protesters and one police officer has died.
Perhaps Morsi isn't that different from Mubarak, after all.
May God bring peace and freedom to the people of Egypt.
Nine killed, hundreds wounded on 2nd anniversary of Egypt uprising
Thousands of opponents of President Morsi and
his Muslim Brotherhood allies massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square to
rekindle the demands of a revolution they say has been hijacked by
Jan.25, 2013 | 4:04 AM
Protesters are seen through tear gas used by police during clashes in Alexandria, January 25, 2013.
Photo by Reuters
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
http://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/Muslim%20Brotherhood-1.477090 - Muslim Brotherhood
http://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/Mohammed%20Morsi-1.482349 - Mohammed Morsi
http://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/Arab%20Spring-1.476711 - Arab Spring
http://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/Egypt-1.476755 - Egypt
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/thousands-protest-across-egypt-to-mark-2-years-since-uprising-dozens-wounded-1.496417 - Thousands protest across Egypt to mark 2 years since uprising, dozens wounded
http://www.haaretz.com/misc/writers/the-associated-press-1.237 - The Associated Press and
Jan.25,2013 | 4:04 AM
Egypt's armed forces deployed troops in the city of Suez early on
Saturday after nine people were shot dead during nationwide protests
against President Mohammed Morsi, underlining the country's deep
divisions as it marked the second anniversary of the uprising that
toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Morsi on Saturday called for calm after clashes between his opponents
and police left nine people dead and more than 400 injured, according to
medical sources. "I call on all citizens to adhere to the noble
principles of the Egyptian revolution in expressing opinion freely and
peacefully," he said on his official Facebook page.
Eight of the dead, including a policeman, were shot dead in Suez, and
another was shot and killed in the city of Ismailia, medics said.
Another 456 people were injured across Egypt, officials said, in unrest
on Friday fuelled by anger at Morsi and his Islamist allies over what
the protesters see as their betrayal of the revolution.
In a statement, Morsi said the state would not hesitate in "pursuing
the criminals and delivering them to justice". He also called on
Egyptians to respect the principles of the revolution by expressing
their views peacefully.
The troops were deployed in Suez after the head of the state security
police in the city asked for reinforcements. The army distributed
pamphlets to residents assuring them the deployment was temporary and
meant to secure the city.
"We have asked the armed forces to send reinforcements on the ground
until we pass this difficult period," Adel Refaat, head of state
security in Suez, told state television.
Friday's anniversary laid bare the divide between the Islamists and their secular rivals.
The schism is hindering the efforts of Morsi, elected in June, to
revive an economy in crisis and reverse a plunge in Egypt's currency by
enticing back investors and tourists.
Inspired by the popular uprising in Tunisia, Egypt's revolution spurred
further revolts across the Arab world. But the sense of common purpose
that united Egyptians two years ago has given way to internal strife
that already triggered bloody street battles last month.
Thousands of opponents of Morsi massed on Friday in Cairo's Tahrir
Square - the cradle of the revolt against Mubarak - to rekindle the
demands of a revolution they say has been hijacked by the Muslim
Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi emerged.
In Suez, the military deployed armored vehicles to guard state
buildings, witnesses and security sources said, as symbols of government
were targeted across the country.
Street battles erupted in cities including Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and
Port Said. Arsonists attacked at least two state-owned buildings. An
office used by the Muslim Brotherhood's political party was also
"Our revolution is continuing. We reject the domination of any party
over this state. We say no to the Brotherhood state," Hamdeen Sabahy, a
popular leftist leader, told Reuters.
The Brotherhood decided against mobilizing for the anniversary, wary of
the scope for more conflict after December's violence, stoked by
Morsi's decision to fast-track an Islamist-tinged constitution rejected
by his opponents.
The Brotherhood denies accusations that it is seeking to dominate Egypt, labeling them a smear campaign by its rivals.
There were conflicting accounts of the lethal shooting in Suez. Some
witnesses said security forces had opened fire in response to gunfire
from masked men.
News of the deaths capped a day of violence that started in the early
hours of Friday. Before dawn in Cairo, police battled protesters who
threw petrol bombs and firecrackers as they approached a wall blocking
access to government buildings near Tahrir Square.
Clouds of teargas filled the air. At one point, riot police used one of
the incendiaries thrown at them to set ablaze at least two tents
erected by youths, a Reuters witness said.
Skirmishes between stone-throwing youths and the police continued in
streets around the square into the day. Ambulances ferried away a steady
stream of casualties.
Protesters echoed the chants of 2011's historic 18-day uprising. "The
people want to bring down the regime," they chanted. "Leave! Leave!
Leave!" chanted others as they marched towards the square.
"We are not here to celebrate but to force those in power to submit to
the will of the people. Egypt now must never be like Egypt during
Mubarak's rule," said Mohamed Fahmy, an activist.
There were similar scenes in Suez and Alexandria, where protesters and
riot police clashed near local government offices. Black smoke billowed
from tires set ablaze by youths.
In Cairo, police fired teargas to disperse a few dozen protesters
trying to remove barbed-wire barriers protecting the presidential
palace, witnesses said. A few masked men got as far as the gates before
they were beaten back.
Teargas was also fired at protesters who tried to remove metal barriers outside the state television building.
Outside Cairo, protesters broke into the offices of provincial
governors in Ismailia and Kafr el-Sheikh in the Nile Delta. A local
government building was torched in the Nile Delta city of al-Mahalla
With an eye on parliamentary elections likely to begin in April, the
Brotherhood marked the anniversary with a charity drive across the
nation. It plans to deliver medical aid to one million people and
distribute affordable basic foodstuffs.
Writing in Al-Ahram, Egypt's flagship state-run daily, Brotherhood
leader Mohamed Badie said the country was in need of "practical, serious
competition" to reform the corrupt state left by the Mubarak era.
"The differences of opinion and vision that Egypt is passing through is
a characteristic at the core of transitions from dictatorship to
democracy, and clearly expresses the variety of Egyptian culture," he
Morsi's opponents say he and his group are seeking to dominate the
post-Mubarak order. They accuse him of showing some of the autocratic
impulses of the deposed leader by, for example, driving through the new
constitution last month.
"I am taking part in today's marches to reject the warped constitution,
the 'Brotherhoodisation' of the state, the attack on the rule of law,
and the disregard of the president and his government for the demands
for social justice," Amr Hamzawy, a prominent liberal politician, wrote
on his Twitter feed.
The Brotherhood says its rivals are failing to respect the rules of the
new democracy that put the Islamists in the driving seat via free