Just days ago Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for demonstrations on Friday to give the military a mandate to confront“violence and potential terrorism”. General Sisi said he was not calling for public unrest and wanted national reconciliation.
What exactly happens when you call for demonstrations in the streets among escalated tensions no less? Calamity. Those people amassed into crowds in record numbers reports the AP,
“The largest crowds in 2 1/2 years of upheaval filled Egypt’s streets Friday, while ousted President Mohammed was formally placed under investigation on a host of allegations including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Morsi’s supporters also showed no signs of backing down, though they turned out in vastly smaller numbers.”
Those demonstrations turned violent as RT reports,
(RT) – Clashes have left at least 92 people dead and hundreds injured in Cairo after security forces attacked supporters of ousted President Morsi, says Egypt’s Health Ministry. However, the Muslim Brotherhood puts the death toll at over 200 with 1,000 injured.
The casualties were taking part in a pro-Morsi rally when they were attacked by members of the security forces, the Brotherhood alleges. They used tear gas to disperse the activists, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has confirmed.
“They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said to Reuters, adding that demonstrators had been hit by gunshot in the head and chest.
During Friday night massive rallies were held in the Egyptian capital by Morsi supporters and his opponents.
Egypt’s military has urged Brotherhood supporters to get behind their new plans for new elections.
On Saturday morning Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim stated that pro-Morsi protesters who had organized a sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo would be “brought to an end soon and in a legal manner.”
The fresh violence follows the detention of ousted President Morsi over suspected links with Hamas. Morsi has been detained for 15 days and will be subjected to questioning over suspicions Hamas helped orchestrate his escape from prison in 2011 during the uprisings that ousted his predecessor President Hosni Mubarak.
The Muslim Brotherhood called the allegations “ridiculous” and said Morsi’s detention marked a return to Mubarak’s repressive regime.
Since President Morsi was removed from office by the military on July 3, dozens of people have died in mass protests. In some of the worst violence since the unrest began in Egypt, 50 Morsi supporters were gunned down at a Cairo barracks on July 8 by security forces. – RT: At least 29 dead and 649 injured in Egypt clashes – Health Ministry
One can only come to the obvious conclusion, those truly running Egypt want the calamity to continue. This chapter is not yet closed in the history books.