Morsi was democratically elected, with western approval, following the Arab Spring of 2011 which ousted Egypt's President Mubarek. In many ways Egypt has come full circle and the Arab Spring, so full of promise, has turned sour.
Those people online cheering the Arab Spring revolution of 2011 from afar should perhaps take a step back as many of those same people are doing exactly the same re the Ukraine. Unless you are in the country your view of events will be blinkered by western propaganda and spin. You may have been "brainwashed" from a young age even if you live in the west.
Sisi is popular with some of the Egyptian people, for ousting tough Islamist Morsi and the Muslim brotherhood from office. But he is popular with Mubarek's old allies too.
Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last premier, has even endorsed Sisi. Shafiq left Egypt after he was defeated in the election in which Morsi became president. He has however vowed to return to Egypt.
Shafiq has also expressed concern that if Sisi is elected he will have the army in his back-pocket.
Western politicians have condemned the death sentences and sham trials but as yet have not backed their concerns with anything real and effective.
They of course have bigger fish to fry right now. Having interferred and wrecked huge areas of the Middle East their meddling has moved on to parts of South America and the Ukraine.
Amnesty International condemned Monday's death sentences saying: “This is injustice writ large and these death sentences must be quashed. Imposing death sentences of this magnitude in a single case makes Egypt surpass most other countries’ use of capital punishment in a year. “This is the largest single batch of simultaneous death sentences we’ve seen in recent years, not just in Egypt but anywhere in the world. “Egypt’s courts are quick to punish Mohamed Morsi’s supporters, but ignore gross human rights violations by the security forces. “While thousands of Morsi’s supporters languish in jail, there has not been an adequate investigation into the deaths of hundreds of protesters. Just one police officer is facing a prison sentence for the deaths of 37 detainees.”"
Others who were part of the 2011 uprising have been jailed but ousted Mubarek and his henchmen have yet to be sentenced appropriately.
Therefore it is fair to assume that this week's trials are about little more than wiping out the opposition.
What ever happened to the western orchestrated Arab Spring of 2011?
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