Well, this sure sets up an interesting week to come.
Egyptians who helped overthrow a 29-year dictatorship in a widely hailed revolution have now given the country’s first democratically elected president one day to step down from office.
In a statement posted Monday on its official Facebook page, Tamarod (the “rebel” campaign”) demanded that if President Mohamed Morsy doesn’t leave office by Tuesday, the group will begin a civil disobedience movement, call for nationwide protests and march on the presidential palace, where Morsy’s administration is running affairs.
If the last few days have been any indication, Tamarod’s deadline will most likely be ignored.
Both sides — the anti-government demonstrators and Morsy’s supporters– have dug in their heels.
And the results have been deadly.
On Monday, protesters stormed the main headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party that Morsy led before his election. Armed with Molotov cocktails, the mob set the office on fire, shouting, “The people have toppled the regime.”
At least 16 people were killed and more than 780 were wounded Sunday and Monday during the unrest in Egypt, the nation’s health minister said, according to the official Egypt News agency.
Dr. Mohammed Mustafa Hamid told the news agency that eight people alone were killed in clashes at the Muslim Brotherhood’s national headquarters in Cairo. All but 182 of the wounded have left the hospital after receiving treatment for their injuries.
Those calling for Morsy’s ouster say he has hijacked the gains made in the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak and has pushed aside moderate voices.
They say Morsy’s policies are to blame for a breakdown in law and order, for an economy that’s gone south, and for a gas shortage that has Egyptians waiting at the pumps for hours.
Meanwhile, the guy who championed the so-called Arab Spring and hosted the Muslim Brotherhood at the White House has basically been silent, even while in Africa. He urges dialogue or something. Sure, what we need now is more talk. Meanwhile, after a day that featured the largest protest in history, the American media is doing their best to bury the Egyptian revolt, with some not even reporting the historic event.