28 July 2013
With the army opposition facing an imminent political crackdown on rallies and protests, even as public sentiment is about as polarized as the US Congress, it is unlikely that the country which is merely the latest indicator of "successful" US foreign policy will return to a peaceful state any time soon and those tens of millions will disperse.
Official sources confirm 30-35 MILLION PEOPLE have taken to the streets this weekend in Egypt ~ link ~ Meanwhile, the head of Egypt's Central Statistics Bureau General Abu Bahar Jundi spoke with Egypt's Al Ahram website and said that around 35 million people took to the streets Friday. Egyptian army officials put the number at around 30 million.
Egypt Unrest: Death toll rising in weekend clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters - video ~ link
Egypt After Morsi ~ link ~ But there is a third and new factor now in play, one that does not measure power in the same way as the military and the Brotherhood. Through their leadership of the protests for two years, urban middle-class youth have gained their own legitimacy, and, with their technological and linguistic capacities, are able to dominate global debate about Egypt.
These young people want progress, not power; they want the future to resemble the life that they see on the Internet and in the West. If this movement were channeled into institutional politics, it would significantly affect Egypt’s internal distribution of power. Egypt’s unfolding drama will be framed by the triangle of contradictions and demands among these three groups. And it should not be forgotten that, along with young people’s sense that they lacked a future under the nationalistic military dictatorships of the past, mass poverty was the second trigger of the 2011 revolution.
Egypt at brink of civil war - with photos ~ link
Egypt: Scores killed as Army launches offensive against Muslim Brotherhood - with video ~ link
EU's Baroness Ashton heads to Egypt as crisis deepens ~ link ~ link