Famed Egyptian democrat declares 30-day emergency, threatens Army crackdown

posted at 8:31 am on January 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, remember when the man who ran Egypt ruled as a dictator with the excuse of continuing “emergency decrees” and had the Army as his hatchet men?  Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and nighttime curfew across three major cities Sunday after violence raged for a third straight day, leaving nearly 50 dead and hundreds injured nationwide.

The deployment Saturday of government troops to the coastal cities of Port Said and Suez, which have seen some of the worst violence, failed to quell a public backlash against a court verdict and raised doubts about whether Morsi’s embattled government could contain the situation.

In a televised address Sunday night, the president said the state of emergency, which allows security forces to arrest and detain at will, would cover Port Said, Suez and Ismailia for 30 days.

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled legislature granted the Army new powers of arrest today:

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi approved a draft law on Monday, allowing the military to arrest civilians and assist police after at least 50 people died in anti-government protests.

The news broke when an anonymous source told Reuters the army would “behave like a police force.” The wire service said that means “detainees would go to a civilian and not military court.”

Well … at least for now.  When courts continue their defiance of Morsi and his attempt to consolidate dictatorial power, expect the MB-dominated legislature to change the venue, too.  The Global Post reports that the Port Said demonstrations related to death sentences for soccer fans who rioted and ended up killing a number of people, but the Washington Post has a better view of the calendar:

The strife in Port Said roughly coincided with the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak and with a swell of opposition to Islamist rule. In Cairo, Suez and Ismailia, clashes spawned by anniversary protests against Morsi’s government on Friday carried into Sunday, and opposition groups called for further protests Monday.

At the heart of the crisis is growing national frustration over the pursuit of justice two years after Mubarak’s fall. Egyptians across the political spectrum complain that the abusive security forces cultivated under his rule have evaded punishment for crimes committed during the uprising and since his ouster.

It seems as though Morsi has discovered why Mubarak kept those security forces around.

Meet the new boss … same as the old boss.  Only the US and the West seem to be as easily fooled as the Egyptians who thought the Muslim Brotherhood would usher in a golden age of representative democracy.


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No post yet on the joint Obama-Hillary interview? It was bad, especially in relation to Egypt, Libya, and Syria.

steebo77 on January 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Great work by the State Dept.

I hear Hillary and BO are going on 60 Minutes soon. They’re really going to get hammered on this “Arab Spring” debacle!

forest on January 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

This is the “enemy within” stage of islamic revolution that Niall Ferguson was talking about back in Feb of 2011. Next stage will probably be the “enemy abroad” stage to gin up nationalism and distract from internal financial collapse. Care to hazard a guess about who that external enemy will be?

Mord on January 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Oops! I messed up that link above. Here it is, but I have provided it many many times before

Mord on January 28, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Success/failure.
Democracy/tyranny.

“What difference does it make…?”

NeoKong on January 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

This is what democracy looks like.

nobar on January 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Obama: “I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of States we’ve had”

I wonder what Amb. Stevens thinks of that statement?

crazywater on January 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Wonderful

Heckuva job there Hil

cmsinaz on January 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

No post yet on the joint Obama-Hillary interview? It was bad, especially in relation to Egypt, Libya, and Syria.

steebo77 on January 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

AP’s working on it. Should be up in a little while.

Ed Morrissey on January 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

+1 Neo

Hope that statement haunts her thru 2016

cmsinaz on January 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM

A year ago, a bunch of people riot over a soccer game and kill a bunch of people. They are arrested and last week sentenced to death. Their relatives then riot and kill another bunch of people. I’d crack down, too.

Blake on January 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Morsi, doing what Obama wishes he could pull off here, only without any pesky congress or Constitution getting in the way.

Obama must be seething with envy.

fogw on January 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I put Egypt in my lost cause file awhile back.

docflash on January 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton should be mostly remembered as the people who lost the Middle East.

They have marginalized our primary ally and have assisted in turning other former allies into dictatorships. In the process, they have made America less safe.

In addition, this foolishness has allowed Al Qaeda to grow in Africa and the Middle East. Their financial and philosophical supporters have been emboldened- especially in Egypt.

The threat grows, it does not retreat.

One day, the media in this country will pay dearly for the propaganda machine they have become. They are no longer journalists, but partisans in a continual effort to deceptively promote their preferred political candidate. Ever one of use will be worse off because of it.

Marcus Traianus on January 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

My gut tells me we won’t be seeing any political cartoons depicting Morsi building a wall with the blood and limbs of Egyptian civilians.

Ben Hur on January 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Nobel prize committee, would you like to comment?

Bishop on January 28, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Famed Egyptian democrat declares 30-day emergency, threatens Army crackdown

Hey, let’s send that man some more F16′s, and a couple hundred more tanks too.

Arab Spring.

petefrt on January 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton should be mostly remembered as the people who lost the Middle East.

Marcus Traianus on January 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Legacy.

petefrt on January 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Mosri and the Brotherhood couldn’t be happier, buh bye Egypt!

dmann on January 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Success/failure.
Democracy/tyranny.

“What difference does it make…?”

NeoKong on January 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Exactly, as long as this bunch have unquestioned, unimpeachable authority, then nothing else matters…

Pest on January 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Boy,talk about KAOS!

And,….

**Alert ***

Morsi Rips a page from the Obama Administration(sarc)

Egypt’s cabinet approves draft law giving army right to arrest civilians, assist police, cabinet source says – @Reuters

10 mins ago by editor

canopfor on January 28, 2013 at 6:36 AM

canopfor on January 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I blame FIFA and Utube. Did that trailer maker guy America arrested bust out of Jail?

BL@KBIRD on January 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

The Opposition tells Morsi to Go BOINK Himself….

Egypt: opposition rejects president’s dialogue
By HAMZA HENDAWI
— Jan. 28 8:30 AM EST
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/curfew-start-3-egypt-provinces-hit-riots

canopfor on January 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Let’s send this guy more money, why don’t we? Obama wants to be just like him. It would be easier to be the president of China, you know.

Here’s some news we all can use. Iran claims it sent a monkey into “space”. Has anyone seen Nutjob lately?

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/3376620-74/iran-space-tehran#axzz2IqLYs77O

Philly on January 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Results for #Egypt

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Egypt&src=hash

canopfor on January 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Looks like a Do-Over!

More: Opposition says Morsi must appoint national unity government, name commission to amend constitution ratified last month – @AP

19 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor

https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on January 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

…Misfit Morsi!

KOOLAID2 on January 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

“…Having said that, I think basically for the last three or four weeks the skeptics have been proven to be too skeptical. The naysayers who said it could never happen, it’s going to be violent, his departure would mean the Muslim Brotherhood taking over or total chaos in the streets of Egypt, they have been proven wrong. And the notion that the Egyptian people have managed to pull off this democratic, peaceful removal of a dictator, and now have a seemingly a pretty stable situation in the streets of Cairo and the other big cities, with the guarantee or at least a promise of a transition to free and fair elections and no real sense that those elections are — yet that the elections are going to go in some terrible direction for the U.S. or for Egypt itself.

I think this may be a case where the normal worldly pessimism is too pessimistic and the normal cynicism is too cynical, and one has a right to actually be hopeful about these developments in Egypt.”

- Bill Kristol, Fox News Sunday, 13 February 2011

How’s that “Arab Spring” working out for ya now, Billy?

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

It’s not quite smart power…yet.

There are a lot of folks who are AQ types in the country.

They are heavily armed.

They have called Morsi an apostate (!)

These folks don’t shoot skeet.

Wait for it…

CorporatePiggy on January 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Of course Hillary is a great secretary of state . . . just observe the way she and her boss solved the Middle East problems. Only brain impaired progressives could believe this woman has accomplished anything resembling adequate.

rplat on January 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Nothing wrong with Morsi that a few F-16s as a gift won’t fix. Oh,…and some tanks. Lots of tanks. It’ll make him love us.

a capella on January 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Obama approves of this..look for the rest of the F-15′s to be delivered next week to the Muslim Brotherhood..

sadsushi on January 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM