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Egypt – will there be a civil unrest ?


‘Thousands of demonstrators waved red cards in Tahrir Square today (Sunday) to demand the resignation of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, as the spirit of 2011’s revolution returned to the iconic Cairo protest venue. The people want the ouster of the regime!” protesters chanted – the signature slogan of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought Morsi to power. Jubilant men, women and children brandished red cards, blowing whistles and vuvuzelas and chanting – Leave, Morsi !’ ( News photo courtesy: NDTV.com)

Morsi would prefer to say .. these protests are politically motivated and they are Hosni Mubarak supporters. We do not know whether they really are. No doubt, there is a country divided now – pro-Morsi and anti-Morsi. And, what Mohamad Morsi promised to people of Egypt before his election, he could not deliver. There is mass unemployment, power outages, and unhappiness among these protesters who elected him to power. It is going to be two years now since Hosni Mubarak was ousted. There was no room for people oriented democracy then. But even today, the situation is not much too different. The Tahrir square protest began hours before scheduled rallies and marches were to begin, with several hundred people having spent the whole night in the square. Street vendors sold flags and patriotic songs boomed from loudspeakers.

Muslim Brotherhood is the Islamic outfit that is not wanted or encouraged by the electorate. No one wants a religious fundamentalist rule like of Taliban style in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood was long banned under Mubarak’s regime, but since the revolution in 2011 they have dominated parliament, drafted a controversial constitution and been given key cabinet and local government positions. This is not what the Egyptians wanted from President Morsi.

Today’s protests were called as ‘Tamarod’ (Arabic word for Rebellion), a grass-root signature campaign that says it gathered more than 22 million signatures calling for Morsi to go and be ready for a snap presidential election.


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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