Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Egypt: the massive protests continue, ministers resign, army sets deadline

The massive demonstrations in Egypt continue for three days in a row. 

At least five ministers, an advisor and former minister and the recently appointed governor of Ismailiya have resigned "in solidarity with the protesters".

The top commander of the Egyptian Army, Abdelfatah al-Sissi issued a deadline of 48 hours to "the political forces" to "solve and satisfy the demands of the people". Else they will intervene.

The anouncement was received with a clamor by the crowds, who chanted "Morsi is not our president, Sissi is with us".

Al-Sissi was appointed commander in chief by Morsi, in a move that was initially perceived as a maneuver by the President to keep the Army in line. However it is obvious by now that Morsi, who has been unwilling to behave democratically and call new elections for Parliament and the Constituent Assembly, angering everyone but his most fanatic followers, is totally out of touch with the social and political reality of Egypt. His rule is effectively over.

Sources[es]: Webguerrillero, Gara.


  1. This article reasons that Egypt's ailing Economy is the real Cause behind the recent demonstrations - http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/02/egypt-morsi-economy/2482971/ Must state, I watched coverage of the protests on the BBC and the CNN yesterday for a few minutes and the figures on TV for people living under US $ 2 were 25-30% and the total population 95 million.

    1. In truth I only know so much about the economic particulars but it's clear that if most people would be making good money and have certain security in their lives, they would not be revolting.

      Still, I was quite certain that neither Morsi in Egypt nor the other Islamist guy in Tunisia represented any real change but rather more of the same (or even worse in some aspects at least), so the revolutionary process had to continue at the very least till some real change is experienced, even if that real change also fails to deliver. The values of the new generations (and in countries like Egypt the young are multitude, nothing to do with the "elderization" of developed countries) and communication technologies of our time (whose revolutionary impact compares favorably even with Guttenberg's print machine) do not allow easily for repressive control anymore. Even fascism is less and less likely to work (regimes like Putin's or China only work, by the moment, because they deliver a somehow buoyant economy, which has people reasonably content). And Egypt is anyhow a very conservative country in the sociological sense but when the conservatives do not deliver, maybe they can't actually deliver... this happens.

      Where will it lead to? No idea, I really don't see Egypt becoming the next Maoist stronghold, so to say. It seems that at the very least the vast majority of Egyptians want a tolerant and democratically ruled country, what in the history of Egypt is a true innovation (never before happened!) But will democracy alone provide solutions? No, it will not, because only socialism can balance and maybe suppress the socio-economic disparities. In Egypt like anywhere else. The "Capitalist success" mirage is over.

    2. 23 Protesters reported killed on Tuesday.

      "We swear by God that we are ready to sacrifice our blood for Egypt and its people against any terrorist, extremist or ignorant," military generals said in a statement titled "The Final Hours."


  2. Egypt's army commander ousts Morsi, suspends Constitution

    General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi effectively declared the removal of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.


    Hope to see such popular movements succeed in Southern Europe too. Maybe their chances of success are slimmer because their Armed Forces are under NATO.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. Notice anyhow that the main objective interest of the Armed Forces is to keep in line with the USA, because it is one of the three armies on Earth most intensely financed by this superpower (after Israel's and at rough parity with Colombia's - what do they have in common? controlling the most strategic canals on Earth).

      So I am skeptic that whatever solution sponsored by the Army will be a real solution. But anyhow I'm glad that Morsi is out.

      Also I don't think that European armies have anymore any other priority than obeying their NATO imperial masters: NATO states (and probably other states in comparable standing within The Empire, like Japan, South Korea, etc.) are penetrated by a clandestine network, whose name in Italy used to be Gladio (and has extended in popular language to mean the whole network) and in Turkey is named Ergenekon (aka "Deep State"). In other states not even the name is known even if there was some investigation also in Belgium. The Gladio network was developed in the Cold War and it constitutes most probably one of the main pillars of The Empire, with total subservience to the Capitalist system and the US-led imperial order, no matter what. So the best we can hope about our armies is that they don't ever intervene: else a very dark period will fall on us, with systematic repression of the worst kind. Think that if Europe falls to the Reds (Soviet or Bolivarian or whatever), Capitalism falls at global level, so that's something that they will try to impede by all means.

    2. So I am skeptic that whatever solution sponsored by the Army will be a real solution. But anyhow I'm glad that Morsi is out.

      Time will tell. Watched coverage about the Egyptian Crisis earlier during the day. Some reporters speculated that the Muslim Brotherhood may take up arms.

      Yesterday, saw reports about Islamic groups running Sharia courts in Syria. Remember, USA has officially started arming Islamic Groups opposed to the Govt. in Syria.

      Think that if Europe falls to the Reds (Soviet or Bolivarian or whatever), Capitalism falls at global level, so that's something that they will try to impede by all means.

      With the situation being what it is in the so called Rich Economies and a large number of their own Citizens being already converted in to Serfs with low or no salaries - I am sure Capitalism is all set for a wonderful Implosion-Explosion.

      Latin American Leaders seem Angry about the incident involving the Bolivian President and have advised the European Vassal States to break the Shackles of Slavery.

      Deep State or not, I think the system has over-extended itself.

    3. Considering the HUGELY MASSIVE support that the demonstrations had, I seriously doubt that the Brotherhood has any chance: they are clearly not the majority at all and major reasons of stability in the region won't surely allow for a civil war (the Empire will veto it unless Israel or the Suez Canal traffic are at risk). As the Brotherhood is heavily reliant on Saudi Arabia and its satellite oil-rich monarchies of the Gulf, it will rather negotiate a role in a more balanced democratic system (eventually they'll do it no doubt, as they did under Mubarak, under whom they were illegal but tolerated).

      As for Europe, it's a long uphill struggle ahead. In some cases like Greece or Spain there's some light ahead but in core EU hardly so: nothing has changed in the EU-6 nor the Atlantic Islands. France is probably the weakest link (weeks-long general strike in 2010, for example) but the Fascists are very strong there.

  3. I think the common thread is opposing forces trying to implement their own agenda. In the context of India - the biggest issue is a large percentage of the populace does not have enough to eat. Newer schemes are continuously announced. The latest one being Food Security Bill - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324399404578583381205614350.html

    Similar programs operate in different States. However, they usually don't succeed due to discrimination and corruption. As the recent happenings in different Continents suggest - the common man is rising. I think it is better to be on the side of the oppressed rather than the oppressor. The days of the latter are numbered. No matter how many houses of cards he erects to confuse others.


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