Friday, October 04, 2013

Blog 5: Clashes erupt at pro-morsi demonstrations in Egypt

Clashes erupted today in the streets of Egypt today incited by pro Morsi supporters. Mohammed Morsi was elected by the Egyptian people as president following the ousting of the Egyptian former dictator Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak's exit from power was fueled by Egyptian citizens protesting in the streets. Morsi like his predecessor was also ousted from power due to similarities citizens saw with him and the former dictator. Unlike his former dictator, He was ousted by the military due to unstable conditions in the country. The country is divided by pro Morsi supporters and anti Morsi supporters. The pro Morsi supporters are mainly islamist who also support the Muslim Brotherhood which Mohammed Morsi is a part of. Since the military deposed Morsi in July, hundreds of Islamist protesters have died while thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been detained. Mohammed Morsi is currently held on charges of incitement to violence and murder.

Morsi supportes have said they will be intensifying their demonstrations as the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab Israeli war approaches. Military troops have increased security at several key points in Egypt to quench any violent form of protests. An early curfew has been placed on the streets of cairo. BBC's correspondent reported quietness in the streets of Cairo far prior to its early 1900 local time curfew. This quietness was a result of a strong military presence. The brotherhood continue to protest because of their inability to accept the military deposing of Morsi; claiming Morsi was rightfully elected by the people.

Under Hosni Mubarak's rule, peace reigned and Egyptians had the freedom to practice whatever religion they wanted to. Under Morsi/ the Muslim Brotherhood, freedom of religion wasn't present. The  regime was trying to turn Egypt into an Islamic state which is not right considering Egypt compromises of other religions. It's just sad that Islam is always being linked to terrorism and violence in this day and age.

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