Egypt

Protesters return to al-Tahrir Square

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The supporters of the elected and imprisoned president of Egypt, Mohammad Morsi, once again have flooded the al-Tahrir Square in the city of Cairo, after several weeks. Friday, October 4, Al-Tahrir and one of the other main squares of the city of Cairo, were the scenes of protesters, who attended these two squares in tens of thousands, urging the ouster of the interim Egyptian government and Adli Mansour.
The Al-Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the Egyptian revolution that toppled the Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mobarak, was the scene of confrontations between the military and protesters, on Friday. Also tanks and armored vehicles had besieged Al-Tahrir Square.
The cities of Alexandria and Suez, and different regions of Nile Delta witnessed situations similar to that of Cairo. Even in a number of Egyptian cities armed clashes erupted between the supporters and opponents of Muslim Brotherhood. The news sources have announced that throughout the demonstrations in Egypt on Friday, five people were killed and dozens of others sustained injuries.
A part of the Egyptian community considers the military as the source of instability in this country. This group believes that the army’s coup has fueled the bouts of violence in this country. Others believe that inexperience of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters has contributed to the distortion of national solidarity, which was shaped after the Egyptian revolution.
Irrespective of the nature of factors, stoking tensions in Egypt, the irrefutable fact is the emergence of instability and insecurity in this North African country and the negative consequences of this status quo. Almost all the economic and commercial activities have come to a halt in Egypt. The security has also been overshadowed by the political confrontations between the ruling system and a number of political currents such as Muslim Brotherhood.
Currently, a bright horizon cannot be foreseen for Egypt. The Egyptian presidency has started to warn the protesters. The Egyptian Presidential Office said that it will earnestly and resolutely deal with any parameter threatening Egypt’s security. In return, the Egyptian protesters who consider the military and the interim government as usurpers have emphasized on the continuation of the uprising until the return of legitimacy to the ruling system.
Meanwhile, the interim Egyptian government has reported on the trial of Mohammad Morsi, which has provoked a large segment of the Egyptian society.
Egypt has currently turned into a battlefield between the supporters and opponents of the ruling system. The crisis in Egypt is such that the European Union Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, traveled to this North African country for the second time. This visit was inconclusive given that Cairo practically turned into a military barracks on Friday due to presence of several tanks in the streets of this city.
The UN is concerned over the developments in Egypt. The UN Chief, Ban Ki-Moon has asked the interim Egyptian government not to resort to violence. But, the Egyptian security forces, by firing shots at the protesters, showed that they cannot bear any opposition.

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