Morsy supporters may see fierce crackdown
August 12th, 2013
02:49 AM ET

Morsy supporters may see fierce crackdown

Now that Ramadan and the Muslim festival of Eid are over, staunch supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy are on edge.

Thousands have camped out in the streets of Cairo for more than a month, refusing to budge until Egypt's first democratically elected president is reinstated. But the possibility of a fierce crackdown looms.

On Sunday, when asked about a possible dispersal, an interior ministry source said "all options are on the table," the state-run Ahram Online news site reported. The source added that security forces have beefed up their presence recently near the demonstrations.

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  1. reader

    These right wing religious people should not be allowed to hijack a secular and progressive Egypt. I hope the Egyptian Military does everything possible to prevent Egypt from degrading into a theocratic state run by the right wing religious extremists.

    August 12, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    It has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with democracy @ reader! How would you like living under military rule and never having a say in the things that affect your life? If you think thats acceptable maybe you could swap with some of these people.

    August 12, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • reader

      Living under military rule is not nice but that is still a far better option than living under Islamist's rule. There is no comparison between secular vs. Islamist religious rule!! People of Egypt have spoken – their demonstrations against Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood oppression was witnessed by the whole world. That was no democracy in which women and minorities were oppressed by those right wing Islamists. Many Egyptians have sacrificed their lives to make it clear that they do not want Islamists. Neither would I - ever!

      August 12, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Also being under military rule is NOT progressive as you just stated!

    August 12, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • reader

      Islamists ouster and defeat is clear evidence that Egyptians did not want them in their democratic system. It is a young democracy, we need to give it time for things to settle down. It is a commendable partnership between the secular minded people and military to make sure that the country is not misled by Islamists in a right wing religious path.

      August 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Agree@chrissy.
    Its for the people of Egypt to take control of their destiny, not outsiders. Egyptians sacrificed their lives to be rid of a brutal dictatorship kept propped up by its military & us.
    a democratic process is what the majority of Egyptians want not another military rule.

    August 12, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    If the military high handedness continues the entire people would again rise up. The military rulers would do better to realize this. Aspirations of tens of thousands of Egyptians cannot just be suppressed.

    August 12, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • reader

      Women represent about 50% of all Egyptians. Women were suppressed by the Islamists. So, were minorities. In a true democracy, that does not happen. In an Islamist theocracy, that happens all the time. The whole world appreciates and admires the partnership between the secular Egyptian people and their military to stop oppression of women and minorities. This will pave the way for true democracy.

      August 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ reader, unless ANY of us has the experience of living under those conditions, it is NOT for us to decide.

    August 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Oh and it sure as heck isn't up to us to FINANCE!

    August 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Abraham

    These Muslim Brotherhood extremists threw people off roof tops. That is terrorism. It's about time they are dealt with. It would be good to arrest them and put them in jail with the maximum sentence for terrorism. It wouldn't be a crackdown, it would actually be justice.

    August 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Women as we all know were there along with children and men sharing the ground swell that overthrew Mubarak and his security apparatus.
    Sorry@Abraham
    That would no longer be possible , its not a handful .Tens of thousands including women are thronging Cairo streets. They are a reality and whover the rulers maybe they will have to take them into account and the political process.

    August 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    No matter what we the outsiders wish, its the people of Egypt who will decide.

    August 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Amen @ saywhat! And the US needs to STOP funding the Egyptian military! Also it is illegal for us to so since there has been a "coup!" That law was created by our government and its time they followed it!

    August 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    What i dont understand is, our government can't find a way to get Americans back to work, yet they can send OUR tax dollars to other countries to keep them working! What is the rational in that?

    August 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Agree@chrissy.
    But we stop paying heed to legislation that would hinder an agenda somewhere on the road to perpetual interventions.

    August 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Also @chrissy.
    I missed out on some comments on the Netanyahu surgery thread. I have posted a couple just now. maybe you would care to have a look. Especially as our friend@BOMBO doesn't cotton to our being in agreement most of the time.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Lol thats what makes the world go around @ saywhat. But then again, it isn't his tax dollars being sent over there to fund that warmonger now is it? 😉 And im headed there now thanks.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
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