Civil disorder has spread through the streets of Egypt in the wake of a coup by the Egyptian Military. The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have called for resistance after democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi was deposed.
Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the military’s ouster of the president in bloodshed that left at least 51 protesters and three members of the security forces dead, officials and witnesses said, and plunged the divided country deeper into crisis with calls by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party for all-out rebellion against the army.
The carnage outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo – where toppled President Mohammed Morsi was first held last week – marked the single biggest death toll since massive protests forced Morsi’s government from power and brought in an interim civilian administration.
The Muslim Brotherhood is comparing the crackdown to what happened under deposed dictator Hosnai Mubarack. The Egyptian Military disputes the cause of the clash that led to the deaths of protesters though video footage released last week showed members of the Egyptian Military seemingly gunning down Pro-Morsi demonstrators.
The party also called on the international community to stop what it called the massacres in Egypt and accused the military of pushing Egypt toward civil war, warning the country was in danger of becoming a “new Syria.”
“The only thing the military understands is force and they are trying to force people into submission,” said Marwan Mosaad, speaking at a field hospital run by Morsi’s supporters. “It is a struggle of wills and no one can predict anything.”
All indications are that the Muslim Brotherhood has the resources and support to stage an insurrection. They continue to demand Morsi’s reinstatement as president despite the Egyptian Military’s apparent refusal to do so.
The “interim government” has already been established with new elections being organized. It is unlikely the outcome of those elections will be accepted. If nothing is done to dampen the conflict it is likely Egypt will descend further into conflict.