Video: Cairo on edge, US issues travel warning as protests erupt

posted at 3:31 pm on June 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Dueling factions have spread out across Cairo for a weekend of unrest over the direction taken by the Islamist factions since their rise to power in Egypt. Supporters of Mohamed Morsi took to the streets today to pre-empt massive protests tomorrow by Morsi’s opposition, while the US warns Americans to avoid Egypt after the death of one American this week:

The CNN report mentions that the opposition collected 17 million signatures on petitions demanding new elections, from a polyglot of disaffected groups that range from pure democracy activists to Mubarak nostalgics. The Associated Press puts the number at 22 million now, nearly twice as many as the number of votes Mubarak received in the last election:

The youth group leading the campaign against Egypt’s president says it has collected the signatures of 22 million Egyptians who want to remove the Islamist leader.

Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarod, or rebel, movement said Saturday that 22,134,460 Egyptians have signed the petition demanding President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.

There hasn’t been an audit of these signatures, but the scale of the petition underscores the deep dissatisfaction Egyptians feel with the Islamist government.  The noise has settled down in Cairo for the moment, but that’s the quiet before the storm, according to the AP:

Cairo, which saw large pro- and anti-Morsi rallies on Friday, was uncharacteristically quiet Saturday despite the sit-ins as the city braced for more potentially violent opposition protests. Many residents are thought to be staying home, while some left for safer locations elsewhere in the country to avoid possible violence.

For several days, members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that helped propel Morsi to power, and the president’s opponents have clashed in cities in the Nile Delta, while on Friday as least five Brotherhood offices across the country were ransacked and torched.

That has all come in the buildup toward Sunday — the anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration as Egypt’s first freely elected leader — when opposition groups promise massive demonstrations to force the Egyptian leader from office. The June 30 protesters have vowed to remain peaceful, while the military said it would intervene if violence breaks out.

Morsi’s supporters control the suburbs, but his opponents have the heart of the popular uprising in the city:

Morsi’s backers on Friday staged their second mass rally in as many weeks in a Cairo suburb where they said they would stage an indefinite sit-in to counter the protests planned by the opposition outside the nearby presidential palace.

Smaller numbers of Morsi opponents are staging a sit-in in central Cairo’s Tahrir square, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak, as well as outside Morsi’s palace across town. The president has temporarily moved to another palace.

Hard-line Islamists loyal to Morsi have repeatedly vowed to “smash” the protesters, arguing that they were a front for Mubarak loyalists determined to undermine Morsi’s rule. They also say that Morsi is a freely elected president who must serve out his four-year term before he can be replaced in an election.

The US State Department, which helped create this situation by insisting on the rapid abdication of Hosni Mubarak, now wants Americans to rapidly get out of the country that had once been a stable ally of the US:

The U.S. government was warning Americans to steer clear of Egypt if possible as violence continued unabated. The State Department confirmed a 21-year-old college student — Andrew Pochter of Chevy Chase, Md. — died a day earlier while photographing battles between supporters and foes of the Islamist president. Obama said the U.S. was in direct contact with the Egyptian government about security arrangements and was planning ahead for larger protests over the weekend.

“We’re all looking at the situation there with concern,” Obama said. “Our most immediate concern with respect to protests this weekend has to do with our embassy and consulates.”

Rage in the streets as protesters stormed political offices in Egyptian cities has unnerved American diplomats, still reeling from the attack last year on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans — including the ambassador. The Obama administration appeared eager to show it was leaving nothing to chance as Cairo braced for the one-year anniversary of Morsi’s taking power as Egypt’s first freely elected leader. …

Warning of Molotov cocktails deployed by protesters and tear gas by police, the State Department urged Americans on Friday to forego all but essential travel to Egypt and moved to reduce the official U.S. presence in the country. Officials said they would allow some nonessential staff and the families of personnel at the embassy to leave the country until conditions improve.

Morsi’s opponents want him to resign, claiming that his power grab over the past year has eliminated his legitimacy, and most of them want a new election in six months. A small subset of them want the army to seize power and clean house. If the Morsi government tries “smashing” the protests tomorrow, the army could be the decisive player in this drama.

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You mean a speech given by a gay black man pretending to be an America didn’t cure their problems?

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Good thing we didn’t send Morsi more M1 tanks and F-16′s.

You know, if we just tried to be nicer to all these Mohammedans, they’d get to know us and really really like us….and would stop this Islamist nonsense and get down to being all civilized and stuff.

coldwarrior on June 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Is this the Arab summer? I am confused?

When do we get to the Arab winter?

redguy on June 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Name one nation which is free/freer, dur to obama, I triple dare you!

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Morsi and Obama – Brothers from another mother.

VorDaj on June 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

The Egyptian Tourist Office has issued a response to the State Dept. travel warning. The new tourism campaign has happy children on camels and cruise boats in Luxor singing, “I love Cairo”, and the commercial ends with their new slogan, “Come back to Egypt, we probably won’t kill you infidel.”

simkeith on June 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Name one nation which is free/freer, dur to obama, I triple dare you!

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Kenya is freer than it would be had he stayed there.

VorDaj on June 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Susan Rice will call Egypt an obama-success in 3, 2, 1.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

The Missing Link? Libyan Intelligence Connects Pharaoh Morsi To Benghazi

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

It all starts with Valerie Jarrett.

redguy on June 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Name one nation which is free/freer, dur to obama, I triple dare you!

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Russia

redguy on June 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Kenya is freer than it would be had he stayed there.

VorDaj on June 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

That’s good snark but I’m looking for a truly free/freer land, due to obama.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Obama brought this about.

And still they protest him.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Russia

redguy on June 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

In that sense China, Libya, Egypt, the Taliban are all too…

You knew what I’m looking for, free/freer people of nations, due to obama. Not one. I’ve been challenging anyone to come up with this. Nada.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Iran, failure
Libya, failure
Iraq, failure
Afghanistan, failure
Pakistan, failure
Egypt, failure
Russia, failure
Poland, failure
Europe, failure
ME, disaster

The muslim brothershood, his brothers, flourish, apace.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You mean people are rebelling against a power grab by the President..?

d1carter on June 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You mean people are rebelling against a power grab by the President..?

d1carter on June 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Obama & Morsi: “Damn teabaggers!’

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Cheering on the real freedom lovers in Egypt..this is the true arab spring right here..Of course Obama won’t support them

sadsushi on June 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Is another anti-Islamist video coming out?

gonnjos on June 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

OT: Tommy Robinson again arrested for just doing a charity walk for
dying kid…The UK is controlled by Sharia law now..they banned Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer earlier

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/06/edls-tommy-robinson-and-kevin-carroll-assaulted-then-arrested-during-charity-walk-in-woolwich.html

Arrested for walking. Anjem Choudary, meanwhile, openly preaches sedition and enjoys the protection of the British government, and those who defend the freedom of speech and equality of rights of all before the law are barred from the country.

sadsushi on June 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You get tired of typing? You forgot Mexico and anywhere south of it. And how comfortable can Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan and that corner of the global feel. The Dalai Lama himself out with the trash. And so on, and so forth.

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Egypt was the nastiest place and the people were the slimiest hustlers of any country I served in while in the Army.It smells like 5000 years of donkey p!$$ around the pyrimids.The only good thing about that place is leaving it.

docflash on June 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The world is adrift, without the United States.

Thanks(?) to Obama, the Democrats, and RINOs like McCain.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

The United Kingdom used to be world leader. They slid away, over time, to be replaced by our United States.

Thanks(?) to Obama, we just dropped out — forfeited the game by defaulting ourselves.

There is no world leader now, and the world demands a leader.

This is going to get uglier than we anticipate.

My fellow Christians can grasp this detail, I trust.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

What would King Tut do?

albill on June 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

What would King Tut do?

albill on June 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Walk like an Egyptian.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Not holding my breath for anyone in the MSM to apologize to the American public for all their obviously false “Arab Spring” nonsense. Not even Lara Logan.

WhatSlushfund on June 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

What would King Tut do?

albill on June 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

This, I imagine…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl5dZxA-rZY

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Walk like an Egyptian.

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Damn, but you’re hard to match.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

My fellow Christians can grasp this detail, I trust.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

One world government.

One world currency.

One world religion.

“We are the world.”

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM

What would King Tut do?

albill on June 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Seal Obama up in a Pyramid.

VorDaj on June 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I’m so glad Obama brought democracy to Egypt.

whatcat on June 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

War in the ME, here it comes.

Good job, Barry.

petefrt on June 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM

There’s an old British kids’ show called Captain Scarlet. It was done with marionettes.

Set in the future, it had a World President.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

My fellow Christians can grasp this detail, I trust.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

FWIW:

Jack Van Impe says he has recieved [SIC] insider information from the Bilderberg meetings that Obama has been picked to be the Leader of A One World Government Called The New World Order. ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh5rczhWn5w

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

from a polyglot of disaffected groups

Huh?

I know it’s a cool word and all … but … uh … ‘I don’t think that word is used the way you think it’s used.’

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I’m so glad Obama brought democracy to Egypt.

whatcat on June 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The whole are about to blow sky high and Erkel says “Did I do that?”.

VegasRick on June 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

2013, Egypt;

The US State Department, which helped create this situation by insisting on the rapid abdication of Hosni Mubarak, now wants Americans to rapidly get out of the country that had once been a stable ally of the US

1978, Iran;

The US State Department, which helped create this situation by insisting on the rapid abdication of the Shah, now wants Americans to rapidly get out of the country that had once been a stable ally of the US

And let’s not forget unilateral nuclear disarmament, kowtowing to China, and oh yes, “flexibility” re Russia. Let alone domestic economic “malaise” and a “misery index” well into the 30s.

The One is now officially the Second Coming of Jimmy Carter.

Of course, there is one important difference; Carter, a self-announced “evangelical Christian”, just claimed he worked for the Messiah.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

There’s an old British kids’ show called Captain Scarlet. It was done with marionettes.

Set in the future, it had a World President.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Conditioning.

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Going by the Bible, I believe the Antichrist will come forth.

Obama isn’t him.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I’m so glad Obama brought democracy to Egypt.
whatcat on June 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The whole are about to blow sky high and Erkel says “Did I do that?”.
VegasRick on June 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

That’s an insult to Urkel – he’d have better sense.

whatcat on June 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

There’s an old British kids’ show called Captain Scarlet. It was done with marionettes.

Set in the future, it had a World President.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Was he retarded and uncoordinated? If so, that would be spooky.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Conditioning.

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Yes. But I don’t think it clicked in that way.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Was he retarded and uncoordinated? If so, that would be spooky.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

It was a kids’ show. He wasn’t prominent.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Arab spring baby, Arab spring!

sandee on June 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I believe this would be the Arab Whirlwind.

Who will Obama support, the regular secular folks who hate sharia or the radical former college professor?

Ask Neda Soltan.

PattyJ on June 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Arab spring baby, Arab spring!

sandee on June 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

…and remember all of the media…fawning and fawning about it!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I believe this would be the Arab Whirlwind.
PattyJ on June 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

More like “The Muslim Sh-tstorm”. Entirely predictable.

whatcat on June 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Where are the trolls to defend their precious Obama on this?

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Iran, failure
Libya, failure
Iraq, failure
Afghanistan, failure
Pakistan, failure
Egypt, failure
Russia, failure
Poland, failure
Europe, failure
ME, disaster
United Dtates, failure

The muslim brothershood, his brothers, flourish, apace.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

BallisticBob on June 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I’m going to have so much fun with our trolls after this.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Where are the trolls to defend their precious Obama on this?

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

…complaining about Sarah Palin elsewhere…or something!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Smart Power!

rightside on June 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Is this the Arab summer? I am confused?

When do we get to the Arab winter?

redguy on June 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

With Islam it is always winter. Dark, gloomy, where Evil goes bump in the night.

davidk on June 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Going by the Bible, I believe the Antichrist will come forth.

Obama isn’t him.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Not to worry, we Christians know how it ends! !! :)

Bubba Redneck on June 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Once the muzzles kill each other the Christians and Jews can go in, clean up the place and bring it into the 21st century while exploring its past properly. Besides, the Jews are due some back wages for the pyramids and few depot cities.

Bubba Redneck on June 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Arab spring baby, Arab spring!

sandee on June 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Still going strong! Send more B10s! Good times.

Kenosha Kid on June 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

You mean a speech given by a gay black who is a closet muslim man pretending to be an America didn’t cure their problems?

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

FIFY
Chris Matthews practically creamed his jeans though.

Bubba Redneck on June 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Seal Obama up in a Pyramid.
VorDaj

snicker~

bazil9 on June 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Damn you, Glenn Beck!

BallisticBob on June 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Obama’s “Arab Spring” is paying off throughout the Middle East.

RJL on June 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

You know, if they can do it there…..

Cleombrotus on June 29, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Resist We Much on June 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

try this one

Cleombrotus on June 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

This is going to get uglier than we anticipate.

My fellow Christians can grasp this detail, I trust.

Liam on June 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

“Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Revelation 12:12

Cleombrotus on June 29, 2013 at 6:36 PM

That poor young guy was a victim of all the liberal BS about multi-culturalism he was taught. They hate us, even if we “love” them.

PattyJ on June 29, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’m poolside at the Luxar right now and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. Boy is it hot.

newportmike on June 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Yes, good one. I forgot the Etc. row. Thanks for filling in, indeed.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM

“Smart Power”. TM

KMC1 on June 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Their complaints sound familiar…

Seven Percent Solution on June 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

That Cairo Speech was a killer, Barack.

Now we know that Hussein means Laughingstock in Arabic.

profitsbeard on June 30, 2013 at 1:27 AM

22 million signatures on petition to oust Barack Obama would be nice too.

Sherman1864 on June 30, 2013 at 2:30 AM

Good thing Turkey at least is calm….whoops!

Sherman1864 on June 30, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Man, how is that Arab Spring working out, Obama?

Sheesh.

Theophile on June 30, 2013 at 3:56 AM

Andrew Pochter did not ‘die’. He was stabbed to death.

Phoenician on June 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I always note that weird PC grammar too, Phoenician.

PattyJ on June 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM