Demonstrators, thousands of them, again have gathered in Tahrir Square to demand the resignation of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
“This is the second revolution and Tahrir is the symbol of the revolution. The revolution will be launched from here,” said Ibrahim Hammouda, a carpenter who had come from the northern city of Damietta to join the protests, according to a report from NDTV.
President Barack Obama, via the White House, has released a statement on Egypt. From that, Obama is quoted as stating:
“The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society…. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America.”
In a report from the BBC, it seems most Egyptians, believe that the 2011 revolution was not just about political freedom, but it was also about “… the right of every Egyptian to make a living and to provide for their families.”
Many Egyptians feel that things have become worse, however.
“Business is bad,” said Hany Mohamed who usually sells beans from a cart in a narrow street in downtown Alexandria. “Things are more difficult now, raw materials are expensive and I don’t make much profit.”
But he also explained that a big part of why he believes business is bad is the lack of security:
“There are no police in the streets. Even though the police used to give me a hard time and take my cart off the street, I still want them back because now I’m left to the mercy of thugs.”
The charge against security seems justified as Newsmax notes street fighting has left several people dead and hundreds wounded. One of those killed is an American student, Andrew Pochter of Maryland. He was in Egypt to teach English, but was stabbed to death in Alexandria during a protest at Morsi’s office there.
A report from Abclocal states that over 22 million Egyptians agree with small businessman Hany Mohamed, and they have signed a petition calling for the country’s Islamist president to resign, a huge number which is being questioned by the Morsi political camp.
These planned demonstrations, however, potentially may plunge Egypt into another dangerous round of civil unrest. They do reflect the polarization of Egypt ever since Morsi took power, however, and leave Morsi in a camp with his Islamist allies while the secular, liberals, moderate Muslims and Christians in Egypt have formed to oppose him.
The resignations of eight lawmakers from the country’s interim legislature, announced yesterday in order to protest Morsi’s policies, have just added to the tensions.