Egypt is in turmoil Friday. The Egyptian military took charge of the country earlier this week, ousting President Morsi from office, to the cheers of many Egyptians.
Morsi was the first elected President of the country following the Arab Spring. A year after taking office he is under armed guard, discarded as a poor leader.
The military coup is being called anything but a military coup by western countries as they try to make sense of what is happening. Many Egyptians wanted Morsi gone but of course many also wanted him to stay. In a true democracy a vote of no confidence, protests, or the like, would have taken place not simply a return to military rule.
Egyptians of course has become used to dictators and the military being in charge along the years. The Arab Spring of 2011 allegedly took place as people no longer wanted dictators nor military rule but now it seems many are happy for a miltary return.
The Egyptian military receives a huge amount of funding from the USA which puts the Obama administration in a tricky position. Egypt is logistically key for the USA in the middle-east but supporting a military coup is not normal practise.
Friday supporters of Morsi have rallied to the cause and protested on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. Although security forces claim to have used nothing more than blanks in their weapons there are bloody scenes in the country.
Even BBC news reporter Jeremy Bowen was left with a bloody face after gun shots whistled past his ear. The BBC reports:
Egyptian troops have opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi marching in Cairo, killing three people and wounding dozens more. The shooting came as crowds moved on the Republican Guard headquarters, where Mr Morsi is believed to be held. Later the Muslim Brotherhood's leader told supporters that protests would continue until Mr Morsi was reinstated.
Friday prayers are passionate in Muslim countries. Invariably if the worshipers have an axe to grind it is taken onto the streets following prayers. During the Arab Spring we became used to volatile Friday prayers and it looks like they are here again in Egypt, at least for now.
For now it is watch, wait and see how the new crisis in Egypt unfolds.