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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-12 07:32 AM
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Egypt increases security. (I hope Egypt will not turn into another Syria.)
Morsi's initial actions made me so hopeful.

I am too easy!

Dec 4, 7:31 AM EST

Egypt increases security ahead of opposition march

CAIRO (AP) -- <snip>

It is Egypt's worst political crisis since the ouster nearly two years ago of authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak. The country has been divided into two camps: Morsi and his fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, as well as ultraconservative Salafi Islamists versus youth groups, liberal parties and large sectors of the public.

Hundreds of black-clad riot police deployed around the Itihadiya palace in Cairo's district of Heliopolis. Barbed wire was also placed outside the complex, and side roads leading to it were blocked to traffic. Protesters planned to gather at several points not far from the palace and march to the presidential complex from there.

A large turnout would signal sustained momentum for the opposition, which brought out at least 200,000 protesters to Cairo's Tahrir Square a week ago and a comparable number on Friday, demanding that Morsi's decrees be rescinded. Hundreds of protesters also have camped out in Tahrir for close to two weeks

The Islamists responded by sending hundreds of thousands of supporters into Cairo's twin city of Giza on Saturday and across much of the country. Thousands also imposed a siege on Egypt's highest court, the Supreme Constitutional Court.

The court had been widely expected Sunday to declare the constitutional assembly that passed the draft charter on Friday to be illegitimate and to disband parliament's upper house, the Shura Council. Instead, the judges went on strike after they found their building under siege by protesters.


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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-12 09:07 AM
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1. Many of us were hopeful that Egypt would have a real democracy.
Some of us were hopeful the U.S. would value their democracy and seek ways to preserve it.
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