Egyptians to march on Morsi palace, media goes on strike

posted at 11:21 am on December 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It looks as though those pro-Morsi counterprotests by the recently-ascendant Muslim Brotherhood didn’t work out as planned.  Instead of convincing Egyptians to give Morsi a chance to use his pharaoh-esque powers to deliver democracy as promised, opponents are once again filling the streets of Cairo — and today plan to march on Morsi’s palace to deliver their own message:

Thousands of Egyptians massed in Cairo Tuesday for a march to the presidential palace to protest the assumption by the nation’s Islamist president of nearly unrestricted powers and a draft constitution hurriedly adopted by his allies.

The march comes amid rising anger over the draft charter and decrees issued by Mohammed Morsi giving himself sweeping powers. Morsi called for a nationwide referendum on the draft constitution on Dec. 15.

Morsi’s security forces have prepared for trouble, while the protesters are casting the stakes in stark terms:

Hundreds of black-clad riot police deployed around the Itihadiya palace in Cairo’s district of Heliopolis. Barbed wire was also placed outside the complex, and side roads leading to it were blocked to traffic. Protesters gathered at Cairo’s Tahrir square and several other points not far from the palace to march to the presidential complex.

“Freedom or we die,” chanted a crowd of several hundred outside a mosque in the Abbasiyah district. “Mohammed Morsi! Illegitimate! Brotherhood! Illegitimate!” they also yelled, alluding to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails.

“This is the last warning before we lay siege on the presidential palace,” said Mahmoud Hashim, a 21-year-old student from the city of Suez on the Red Sea. “We want the presidential decrees cancelled.”

At the same time, a strike has spread from the judiciary to the media.  Eleven newspapers have shut down today in protest of Morsi’s decrees.  Tomorrow, Egypt’s private TV networks will follow suit, going dark for the entire day.  The media — at least the non-state media — objects to the terms of the new constitution and its limitation on freedom of expression authored by the Muslim Brotherhood:

“You are reading this message because Egypt Independent objects to continued restrictions on media liberties, especially after hundreds of Egyptians gave their lives for freedom and dignity,” declared a short statement set against a black background on the Web site of Egypt Independent, the English language sister publication of the largest independent daily, Al Masry Al Youm.

The one day blackout is the sharpest strike yet in a new push by liberal and secular groups to defeat the draft charter, which was approved last Friday by an Islamist-dominated assembly despite the boycotts and objections of almost all non-Islamist delegates. …

Among other criticisms, analysts and human rights groups say the draft contains loopholes that could eviscerate its provisions for freedom of expression. Although it ostensibly declares a right to free speech, the constitution also expressly prohibits “insults” to “religious prophets.”

The charter declares that part of the purpose of the news media is to uphold public morality and the “true nature of the Egyptian family,” and it requires authorization to operate a television or a Web site.

“The protection of freedom of expression is fatally undermined by all the provisions that limit it,” said Heba Morayef, a researcher with Human Rights Watch who has studied the text. “On paper, they have not protected freedom of expression. It is designed to let the government limit those rights on the basis of ‘morality’ or the vague concept of ‘insult.’”

Just remember, the Obama administration hailed Morsi as the democratic result of the supposedly reformist Arab Spring.  The White House has been remarkably silent about that outcome ever since Morsi decreed himself a pharaoh.  It took Obama only eight days to demand longtime US ally Hosni Mubarak’s ouster after peaceful protests erupted against his regime in the spring of 2011.  How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?


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So, it would seem the muslims don’t like Islamists? Hmmmmmm

Scrumpy on December 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Just remember, the Obama administration hailed Morsi as the democratic result of the supposedly reformist Arab Spring. The White House has been remarkably silent about that outcome ever since Morsi decreed himself a pharaoh. It took Obama only eight days to demand longtime US ally Hosni Mubarak’s ouster after peaceful protests erupted against his regime in the spring of 2011. How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?

A very long time buahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Scrumpy on December 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Sorry, this is wildly OT, but just heard Jake Tapper on Glenn Beck tell a story from his new book that will rip your heart out. God bless the families of our military serving abroad.

juliesa on December 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Things don’t look so good now do they Obama?

Scrumpy on December 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The only thing that really matters is what the army is going to do.

sharrukin on December 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?

Till hell freezes over?
Still waiting for his support of freedom fighters in Iran.

PattyJ on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ooooo! They found out what democracy looks like… and don’t like the looks of it.

Can’t say we didn’t warn them.

ajacksonian on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Is this going to be a time where Obama is wrong that can’t be spun into Obama is brilliant?

Cindy Munford on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Leading from his ass.

Tater Salad on December 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Is this going to be a time where Obama is wrong that can’t be spun into Obama is brilliant?

Cindy Munford on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The claim will be that he was brilliantly wrong!

Wrong in a way no one else could ever be wrong!

Admirably wrong!

And so on and so forth.

ajacksonian on December 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Gee – and after obama spent billions of American tax-payer dollars to topple Mubarak and install Morsi and the muslim brotherhood. I wonder how much obama is going to spend to keep Morsi in power …

Pork-Chop on December 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

C’mon, most of the world has ever been scum and so too with these ‘Gyptians. Those people will never know nothing (Egypt deserves worse than a double negative) but a dictator or pharaoh or the like. Heck, the only things good about Egypt are its ancient structures.
And the iSlamists don’t even like these.

Egypt, what have you done for me lately??

Sherman1864 on December 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Mohammed Morsi: Time Magazine’s Man of the Year!

JPeterman on December 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Morsi has that Saddam look. He has nut bag mannerisms.

tomas on December 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Pork-Chop on December 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Doesn’t bare thinking about… what’s a few more billions between friends eh?

Scrumpy on December 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Anyway, we got Obama Ramses I to deal with here at home….

Sherman1864 on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Anyway, we got Obama Ramses I to deal with here at home….

Sherman1864 on December 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

You’ve got that right! We’ll have to keep a close eye on what happens there so we know what to expect.

Night Owl on December 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Can we dare to dream that liberalism (in our sense of the word, not the Democrat’s sense of it) will win in Egypt?

thuja on December 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

OT, kind of, but not really…Official slavery and the UN, Hillary and Obama say nothing at all.

Leftists are the biggest dictatorial creeps on the face of the Earth, yes you too, all the media.

The majority of the most upward mobile people in America, Indians, voted for Obama.

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Can we dare to dream that liberalism (in our sense of the word, not the Democrat’s sense of it) will win in Egypt?

thuja on December 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Are they still Muslim?

Then no.

82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned

84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty

77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off

sharrukin on December 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Can we dare to dream that liberalism (in our sense of the word, not the Democrat’s sense of it) will win in Egypt?

thuja on December 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You can dream, thuja, but it ain’t gon’ happen. Obama made Morsi and sustains his dictatorship.

The UN, Hillary and Obama have said nothing against him.

Obama has blood and liberty on his hands!!!

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

In the new constitution/sharia slavery and NO women’s rights are standing in Egypt.

THIS is what Obama and Hillary support.

Swine against liberty and freedom, the world over, you utter hypocrites, may you all spontaneously combust, you scum of the Earth.

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Thought the title was going to be about the US media going on strike in refusing to cover this story because it might damage their messiah. Which, I think is also the case.

besser tot als rot on December 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’ll say this: Egyptians have a lot more nut than Americans.

beatcanvas on December 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

When has Obama said anything against any Moslem?

He is a closet Moslem. I don’t think he believes in any religion, but he most identifies with the Moslems of his youth in Indonesia.

He is embarrassed by America and Americans. He believes it is his mission in life to trim America down to size. Anything that hobbles the Armed Forces and that spreads wealth away from American traditionalists is good. Anything that paves the way for a United Nations that makes all nations equal is desirable.

Limpet6 on December 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Another win for Obama!

My only concern about Egypt is that die-hard Moslems want to tear down the Sphinx and Pyramids, and destroy all those priceless irreplaceable artifacts going back 4000 years or more.

Otherwise, Egypt can go where I want Obama and his all minions to go.

Liam on December 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I’ll say this: Egyptians have a lot more nut than Americans.

beatcanvas on December 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It helps a good deal that the Egyptian military isn’t a tenth as powerful, although in a place where you have basically no rights whatsoever the military isn’t as restrained.

MelonCollie on December 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Ooooo! They found out what democracy looks like… and don’t like the looks of it.

Can’t say we didn’t warn them.

ajacksonian on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

.
They didn’t get democracy. They only thought they were.

But now, they’ve figured it out. Just another tyrant.

listens2glenn on December 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

When has Obama said anything against any Moslem?

He is a closet Moslem.

Limpet6 on December 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

My prediction is that, sometime after January 20th, obama will publicly “convert” (revert) to the “religion” (death-cult) of his youth. We have never heard and will never hear obama speaking out against any muslim cultist, because he is one of them.

Pork-Chop on December 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Is this going to be a time where Obama is wrong that can’t be spun into Obama is brilliant?

Cindy Munford on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“I tried to give Morsi advice on how to lead but he just wouldn’t heed my incredible wisdom, so of course none of this is my fault.”

-Bark

Bishop on December 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?

Obama can’t be bothered. He’s working on a similar power grab for himself.

The Rogue Tomato on December 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off

sharrukin on December 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

So they’re not all bad.

Bishop on December 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Springtime for Obama & Morsi

CHORUS:
Egypt was having trouble
What a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore
It’s former glory
Where, oh, where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me
Where, oh, where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me!

LEAD TENOR ISLAMIST:
And now it’s…
Springtime for Obama and Morsi
Egypt is happy and gay!
We’re marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the master race!
Springtime for Obama and Morsi
Egypt’s a fine land once more!
Springtime for Obama and Morsi
Watch out, Israel
We’re going on tour!
Springtime for Obama and Morsi…

CHORUS:
Look, it’s springtime

LEAD TENOR ISLAMIST:
Winter for Israel and Christianity!!

CHORUS AND ISLAMIST:
Springtime for Obama and Morsi!

CHORUS:
Springtime! Springtime!
Springtime! Springtime!
Springtime! Springtime!
Springtime! Springtime!

ISLAMIST:
Come on, Muslims!
Go into your prayer!

ISLAMIST “Muhammad”:
I was born in Cairo and that is why they call me Muhammad.

ISLAMIST “Najair”:
Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Islamist party!

RASHA:
The leader is coming, the leader is coming, the leader is coming!

ISLAMIST #1:
Pray for Morsi!

ISLAMIST #2:
Pray for Morsi!

LEAD TENOR ISLAMIST:
Pray for Morsi!
Springtime for Obama and Morsi

ALL:
Pray for Morsi!

MORSI:
Pray to myself
Pray to me
I’m the Muslim
Who’s out to change our history
Pray to myself
Bow your head
There’s no greater
Dictator in the land!
Everything I do, I do for you!

CHORUS:
Yes, you do!

MORSI:
If you’re looking for a war, here’s World War Three!
Pray to myself
Raise your gun

CHORUS:
Allahu Akbar!

MORSI:
Ev’ry hotsy-totsy Muslim bow and pray!

CHORUS:
Allahu Akbar!
Ev’ry hotsy-totsy Muslim…

MORSI:
Pray to me!

CHORUS:
Ev’ry hotsy-totsy Muslim…

MORSI:
Pray to me!

CHORUS:
Ev’ry hotsy-totsy Muslim…

MORSI:
…bow and pray!

THE HAMA’s:
The leader is causing a furor!
He’s got those Israeli’s on the run
You gotta love that wacky Mohamed!
The leader is causing a furor
They can’t say “no” to his demands
They’re freaking out in foreign lands
He’s got the whole world in his hands
The leader is causing a furor!

MORSI:
I was just a Ph.D.
No one more obscurer
Got a phone call from the Brothers
Told me I was leader
Egypt was blue
What, oh, what to do?
Hitched up my pants
And invaded Israel
Now Egypt’s smiling through!

RASHA:
Challenge Tap, Challenge Tap,
Mohamed digs a challenge tap,
Bring on the allies to hear the news,
the facts is the Brothers, cannot lose!
Cos’ Mr M.

MORSI:
Who is that?

RASHA:
Mr M.

MORSI:
That’s me!

RASHA:
Is wearing his daffah thobe!

BIBI:
I am Bibi,
You’ll soon be fallin’!

OBAMA:
I am Obama,
I’m here to win the day!

MORSI:
It ain’t no myst’ry
If it’s politics or hist’ry
The thing you gotta know is
Ev’rything is show biz
Pray to myself
Watch my show
I’m the Muslim Woody Allen
Dontcha know
We are crossing borders
The new world order is here
Make a great big smile
Ev’ryone Allah Akbar to me
Wonderful me!
And now it’s…

CHORUS:
Springtime for Obama and Morsi
Jewish genocide is the news today

MORSI:
Springtime!
Genocide!

CHORUS MEN:
Rockets falling from the skies again

CHORUS:
Egypt is on the rise again

MORSI & CHORUS:
Springtime for Obama and Morsi
Suicide vests are exploding once again
Springtime for Obama and Morsi

MORSI:
Means that…

CHORUS:
Soon we’ll be going…

MORSI:
We’ve got to be going…

CHORUS:
You know we’ll be going….

MORSI:
You bet we’ll be going…

MORSI & CHORUS:
You know we’ll be going to war!!!!!!

redguy on December 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Is this going to be a time where Obama is wrong that can’t be spun into Obama is brilliant?

Cindy Munford on December 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Many of you use the wrong premises:

1. Obama is NOT for freedom and individual liberties – the Arap Spring is a ploy – see Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iran.

2. Obama wants the destruction of the middle class in AmeriKa and a 2013 recession is exactly what he’ll enable, proudly.

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The Rogue Tomato gets it.

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

It helps a good deal that the Egyptian military isn’t a tenth as powerful, although in a place where you have basically no rights whatsoever the military isn’t as restrained.

MelonCollie on December 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Okay. But what’s to stop Americans from walking toward Washington, just as a peaceful protest? Surround the place. Stay awhile. Clog the streets.

beatcanvas on December 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?

Speaks out against? How about tries to emulate

rbj on December 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Can’t wait until the next Arab Spring.

DeathtotheSwiss on December 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Speaks out against? How about tries to emulate

rbj on December 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Dude – it already happened. You missed it?

beatcanvas on December 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Thought the title was going to be about the US media going on strike in refusing to cover this story because it might damage their messiah. Which, I think is also the case.

besser tot als rot on December 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I see I wasn’t the only one.

sadarj on December 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?

Second Term and now Dictator himself why would he ever speak. No doubt he has written his own edict making him Dictator of the USA.

Steveangell on December 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

How long will it be before Obama speaks out against Morsi’s power grab?

Well let’s see, it only took the deaths of 40,000 people and the threat of using chemical weapons for the wizard in chief to make a strongly worded statement to Assad. Give it time!

scalleywag on December 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

DRUDGE REPORT headline (ie Egyptians ): ‘FREEDOM OR WE DIE’

This is different from hearing ‘FREEDOM, YOU DIE’

Just saying

mechkiller_k on December 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

He is a closet Moslem. I don’t think he believes in any religion, but he most identifies with the Moslems of his youth in Indonesia.

He is embarrassed by America and Americans. He believes it is his mission in life to trim America down to size. Anything that hobbles the Armed Forces and that spreads wealth away from American traditionalists is good. Anything that paves the way for a United Nations that makes all nations equal is desirable.

Limpet6 on December 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

That would be like a gay person changing his name to Iam Gay then denying he was.

Barry Soeterro was registered in college under that name or Barry Obama. After he graduated or about that time he changed his name to Barrack Hussein Obama. That is as muslim a name as possible. Each has deep muslim meanings Barrack it the horse Mohammad rode according to the Muslim fairy tales for example. To Muslim audiences he has made it clear that he is Muslim. He was Muslim as a child there is no doubt about that yet no Muslim has ever accused him of the crime of leaving the Muslim Political System. You are not allowed to leave upon penalty of death.

It is not a religion it is a Political System. I call it what it is.

Steveangell on December 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The US media also don’t cover that Obama, Hillary and the UN are in favor of dictator Morsi…”he’s elected democratically, yada, yada…never mind that he’s for slavery and against women’s rights”.

May all the media who are in bed with the gov’t give birth to cripples (yes, the un-PC word was chosen intentionally).

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Maybe American’s could get a clue, or does it take three decades of dictatorship?

Speakup on December 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Jesus H. Christ, who would have thought that Egyptian media is more democratic than their American counterparts… Perhaps we should round all NYT columnists and MSNBC talking heads, and send them all to Cairo for a year or two, to practice.

Archivarix on December 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Okay, can somebody explain to me what the point is of the journalists going on strike? I can see a general strike for everybody else, but wouldn’t it be better for them to be on-air covering this intensively?

Walter Sobchak on December 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It is getting to look a lot like Christmas Syria.

SC.Charlie on December 4, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Okay, can somebody explain to me what the point is of the journalists going on strike? I can see a general strike for everybody else, but wouldn’t it be better for them to be on-air covering this intensively? – Walter Sobchak on December 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

They are showing the Egyptian people what just might happen if this damn constitution is implemented.

SC.Charlie on December 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Mursi can ignore the little Facebook protesters. 80% of the population will vote with the mullahs.

Progressive Heretic on December 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

SC.Charlie on December 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Okay, thanks. That makes sense.

Walter Sobchak on December 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Obama kills a few high-profile outlaw islamists, but other than that, what has he done against islamists in power? Anywhere?

Qaddafi was no islamist, neither was Mubarak, both are dead with Obama’s assistance and applause. Assad isn’t one himself, but he is a key toadie of the Iranian mullahs and conduit to Hezbollah and Hamas, so he gets the pass.

Obama is as much a bootlicker to the islamists who hold state power as Chuck Todd is a bootlicker to him.

Adjoran on December 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

redguy on December 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Ah, one of my favorite bits from The Truducers.

bandarlog on December 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

He is a closet Moslem.

Limpet6 on December 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Is he? In the closet, I mean. I do know that he always identifies Mohammed as a prophet. Who thinks that Mohammed is a prophet, other than Muslims?

besser tot als rot on December 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Obama kills a few high-profile outlaw islamists, but other than that, what has he done against islamists in power? Anywhere?

Qaddafi was no islamist, neither was Mubarak, both are dead with Obama’s assistance and applause. Assad isn’t one himself, but he is a key toadie of the Iranian mullahs and conduit to Hezbollah and Hamas, so he gets the pass.

Obama is as much a bootlicker to the islamists who hold state power as Chuck Todd is a bootlicker to him.

Adjoran on December 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Obama is taking out the high-profile outlaw islamists that cause problems for the establishment islamists. The side benefit for Obama is that he gets some right leaning moderates to vote for him because it look like Obama is killing a few high-profile outlaw islamists.

Soon, Obama will be killing a few high-profile outlaw capitalists. That will really cement his power base.

redguy on December 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Who will Obama, Hillary, and Rice blame when Morsi’s carcass is Qaddafied–dragged through the streets and sodomized with a dagger?

Christien on December 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Mohammed Morsi: Time Magazine’s Man of the Year! – JPeterman on December 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Who cares? But for the record Hitler was named man in of the the year in 1938 and Stalin was received the title twice. The Ayatullah Khomeini was named man of the year in 1979.

SC.Charlie on December 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Who will Obama, Hillary, and Rice blame when Morsi’s carcass is Qaddafied–dragged through the streets and sodomized with a dagger?

Christien on December 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Republicans in general.
Bush in particular.

How will they do that, you ask ?
Who cares. They’ll just do it.
They will never accept ANY responsibility for a negative.

Jabberwock on December 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

So when is obama going to get on the microphone and proclaim that it is time for Morsi to go?

jake49 on December 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM