The people of Egypt are out in full force today to protest against President Mohamed Morsi, whom many believe has lost his legitimacy after becoming the country’s first democratically elected president.
Opposition leaders are calling for the resignation of the Muslim Brotherhood leader, the dissolution of Egypt’s Islamist-dominated elected parliament, and the shelving of Islamist-drafted constitution to set up a new round of elections and a new constitution.
Morsi’s supporters, celebrating the 61-year-old’s first anniversary in office, have gathered to defend the president while accusing the opposition of engaging in a conspiracy to oust an elected ruler.
— Sally بنت ذهنى (@sallyzohney) June 30, 2013
— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) June 30, 2013
The political turmoil has pitted Islamists against liberal and secular activists, old regime loyalists, and the nation’s increasingly disenchanted poor. And rhetoric has become even more hostile the past few weeks.
The police are absent, after previously saying they would “not provide protection for any party or political headquarters.” Many are bracing for the worst in terms fo violent clashes.
— Iskandarani (@ssashehata) June 30, 2013
— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) June 30, 2013
Today is possibly Egypt’s largest, most spread protests I saw, dozens of towns, seas of people. I’d be scared if I were Muslim Brotherhood.
— Amr Gharbeia (@gharbeia) June 30, 2013
Reporters in Egypt during Jan25 uprising saying today’s protests — in Tahrir and at the presidential palace — are the biggest they’ve seen.
— Erin Cunningham (@erinmcunningham) June 30, 2013
Al Jazeera reports that “tanks and other military vehicles have started to appear on the streets of Cairo.”
Last week defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the army had a duty to “prevent Egypt from slipping into a dark tunnel of civil unrest.”
Here’s a nugget from Abigail Hauslohner of The Washington Post:
— Ian Lee (@ianjameslee) June 30, 2013
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