Cairo Bloodbath – Brief Follow-up from Past to Present
The year 2011 was marked the Arab spring, the neo-renaissance of the middle- east, which began in the streets of Egypt. The power of the people was once again shown to the world loud and sound. The people revolution resulted in a political change that toppled the then dictator Hosni Mubarak, who was glued to the ruling chair for around three decades. Then the democracy bloomed and Egypt had Mohamed Morsi as their first democratically elected President to lead the nation.
Things began to change in the recent months in Egypt, piling up acquisition against the leader. The supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s parent organization, rendered their strong support to him. This polarized the opinion of the people of Egypt. The political unrest in the land of mummies took a sharp turn on July 3rd, the military overthrew the replacement government removing Morsi from power. The political turmoil was of the concern of many national leaders around the world. But since the military took the power the conflict between the police and pro- Morsi supporters marked by frequent protests, both non-violent and violent means, mounted. This took a bloody turn on July 9th , when 42 were killed and over 500 injured, in an attempt to disperse the protesters by the security forces.
Yesterday again the police joined with military unleashed a brutal attack on the pro-Morsi supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, when they tried to march towards the October 6 Bridge. Tension began to mount as early as Friday night. The police claim that the protestors attempted to block the bridge and to ease the mounting tension they fired tear gases on the protestors. The Beirut correspondent of the BBC Jim Muir who covers the news on the heart of chaos had commented quoting, “It’s hard to see how this area can be cleared without further bloodshed”. Hours after that the security forces have unleashed the terrifying attack over the protestors. In yesterday’s bloodbath, live ammunition were fired on the ousted Prez Morsi’s supporters. The latest news reports that there are about 85 deaths and is likely to increase as many are seriously injured.
The Muslim brotherhood has blamed the security forces, for the deaths, of shooting the protestors to kill. The spokesman of the Brotherhood said, “It did not seem to be shooting to wound but shooting to kill”. However the government has claimed no responsibility on the killings since- it claims- the security forces used only tear gas and no live ammo were used. The brotherhood condemns the forces on firing the supporters who were told to be unarmed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his concerns as “In this extremely volatile environment, Egyptian authorities have a moral and legal obligation to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”.
The killings have indeed added to the already escalating tension in Egypt and one could not precisely speculate the things to follow. MAY ALLAH SAVE LIVES!