Bloody clashes in Cairo, Egypt have resulted in deaths Wednesday. Military forces which have been in power since they staged a military coup, allegedly supported by the majority of people in Egypt, carried out their threat to clear protest camps. Heavy bulldozers and the military moved in early in the morning and there are reports of a number of deaths. Just how many depends upon who is retelling events.
It did not take long for gunfire to ring out and tear gas fill the air. The State claims that security forces did not use gunfire only tear gas. We should bear in mind that before they joined the Arab Spring the Egyptian military were using the same tactics on revolutionaries. They were accused of killing many at that time but denied deaths.
In the Syrian conflict the number of dead and injured is never clearly known due to reporting restrictions and lies by both the rebels and the government. Egypt is following that pattern. Whether or not the people liked President Morsi the majority voted him in, unless the election was rigged. Waiting for the next election when you are not satisfied with a leader is apparently not an option in the Middle East. However, allowing the military, which has been proved lacking in Egypt in the near past, to grab power was always going to end in tears.
Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood supporters claim than more than 100 people were killed as the makeshift protest camps were cleared Wednesday. The military put the number of dead in double figures but much lower. Many people sustained injuries and there are reports of military deaths. Security forces claim they made a path for protesters to leave the camp peacefully and that they will not pursue those who leave, unless they are wanted for crimes.
BBC News is reporting:
State TV showed armoured bulldozers moving deep into the main camp outside the eastern Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.
Egypt is a mess. As Egypt spirals out of control should the west accept some blame? Certainly many in the west were quick to jump on the revolution bandwagon in Egypt. Funny many of these same people to this day condemn revolutions in countries such as Russia and Cuba. The usual western hypocrisy I guess and manipulating events which we think will suit our own ends.
As the clearing up operation continues in Egypt more violence is predicted. People are now on the streets in various parts of the country. Pitting Egyptian against Egyptian will leave wounds that may never heal. Religion is of course in the mix making it unresolvable, at least for now.
The west initially claimed that the ousting of Morsi and installing of the military was not a coup. It soon changed its mind calling events a coup and then the posturing began.
What will happen next is any person's guess but it is fair to assume that the region is now destabilised further.
As night falls the latest news from Egypt is that the Ministry has ordered all banks to close. Interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has addressed the people claiming that the decision to clear the camps was not taken lightly but was a necessary step to restore security. Footage alleged to show isolated shots ringing out from the protesters was shown on TV. Many more shots were seen being fired back by the security services. Facts and figures are not verified.
The Egyptian government says that 149 people were killed today in the violence, a state of emergency is declared, meaning a curfew, and key figures from the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested.
The Arab Spring revolution was fought against such actions by President Mubarek. Now the very people who wanted freedom are acting in a similar way. A no win situation for all Egyptians and a destabilised Egypt which is a cause for concern in the region and in the west.