Reports: Morsi under house arrest, military coup underway in Egypt

posted at 12:11 pm on July 3, 2013 by Allahpundit

Unconfirmed thus far, but the army’s deadline for him to leave office had recently passed. Let’s get a thread up, as things are moving quickly.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is reportedly under house arrest after the military ultimatum expired Wednesday, reports Al Hayat TV.

Morsi’s spokesman denied the report, although word of the house arrest provoked cheers in Tahrir Square…

Earlier Wednesday, Egyptian leaders met with the army chief. This meeting also signaled the military was taking concrete moves toward implementing its plan to replace President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader who came to office a year ago.

One of Morsi’s aides on foreign affairs has posted a statement on Facebook. Money bit:

For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup…

There are still people in Egypt who believe in their right to make a democratic choice. Hundreds of thousands of them have gathered in support of democracy and the Presidency. And they will not leave in the face of this attack. To move them, there will have to be violence. It will either come from the army, the police, or the hired mercenaries. Either way there will be considerable bloodshed. And the message will resonate throughout the Muslim World loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims

Since January and again in the last couple of weeks the President has repeatedly called for national dialog. Equally repeatedly, the opposition refused to participate. Increasingly, the so-called liberals of Egypt escalated a rhetoric inviting the military to become the custodians of government in Egypt. The opposition has steadfastly declined every option that entails a return to the ballot box.

Illiberal Islamist democracy versus somewhat more liberal military dictatorship. Those are some stakes. And both sides, naturally, are vowing to shed blood if need be. Stand by for updates as the wheels start come off.

Update: Morsi apparently offered the army a deal at the last minute in which he’d organize a coalition government in return for being allowed to stay in office. No dice, apparently. After the Brotherhood’s power grab, why would any opposition leader think he’d have meaningful responsibilities in a coalition government? And who in the opposition would want to re-legitimize the Brotherhood at this point, on the eve of seeing them ousted, by joining their government?

Update: Enjoy Eli Lake’s and Josh Rogin’s chronicle of Obama’s kid-gloves treatment of Morsi and the Brotherhood at every turn over the past two years. Hope Morsi enjoyed the fortune in aid that the U.S. showered on him at the White House’s insistence. Bill Hobbs sums things up nicely:

Update: Here we go.

Update: Meanwhile, in Tahrir Square, more than 90 women have reportedly been sexually assaulted in the past four days. If you thought that had stopped after Lara Logan’s rape drew international coverage, think again.

Update: Hmmmmm. Is O still anti-coup, or does “leading from behind” call for him to be pro-coup now?

Update: Sad but, alas, true:

Update: Early skirmishes:

Update: Morsi, you may remember, wasn’t the Brotherhood’s first choice as its candidate for president. That was Khairat al-Shater, who, along with other senior MB leaders, are the power behind Morsi’s throne. If you want to neutralize him, you need to neutralize them too. And so:

A top aide to Morsi, Essam al-Haddad, slammed what he called a “military coup” on Wednesday after the army reportedly slapped a travel ban on the president and his Islamist allies.

The list of names that was sent to airport security included Muslim Brotherhood leaders Khairat el-Shater, Essam el-Erian and at least 40 other Islamists, security sources told Reuters news agency.

No sense putting Morsi under house arrest if the rest of the gang is free to self-exile and agitate in safety beyond the army’s reach.


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I know this a big week for ketchup sales, but has anyone heard from John Kerry..?

d1carter on July 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I heard he was busy sneaking another tax-evasion yacht into Rhode Island.

viking01 on July 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Well I can sorta understand the media obsession with the Zimmerman trial, especially with Egypt about to go into martial law and widespread rioting, violence, death, looting etc. Isn’t that what looms here when “justice for Trayvon” isn’t adequately served?

Harbingeing on July 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

And so ends my yearly 10 minute self imposed CNN quota. I know it’s kind of extreme. 10 minutes is just too much.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

That’s okay. We already knew you were an extremist.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Obamawars. Not as clever as advertised. But.

No anti-war movement. No reporters with breathless questions about the harm we’ve caused these other poor counties. No anti-war activists screaming through crocodile tears that people are dying because of us.

Bush could do no right, President Obama can do no wrong.

smoothsailing on July 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I know, I know. Who doesn’t want a fighter jet or tank (me included) but you know what I’m saying. viking01 on July 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I want a fighterjettank.

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

obama did all this, transparently.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Only two or three HA posters like Obambi or his policies. But you do the rest of us a disservice when you take Al-Qeada sympathizer Alex Jones’s ramblings to be true. Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

My link was to Russia’s web site.

Who’s Alex Jones?

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Just some guy in the neighborhood.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Well, at least someone’s military has the stones to do what must be done(hint).

abobo on July 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

This news isn’t good for the Arab Spring narrative nor the installation of Islamists, so the media ignores.

GardenGnome on July 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I want a fighterjettank.

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

All the good ones are already taken.

I do hear that Qantas is trying to unload a bogus A380 with engines that disintegrate.

viking01 on July 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Only two or three HA posters like Obambi or his policies. But you do the rest of us a disservice when you take Al-Qeada sympathizer Alex Jones’s ramblings to be true.

Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

My link was to Russia’s web site.

Who’s Alex Jones?

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Alex Jones is an islamist sympathizer who has been telling the world that 9/11 was carried out by republican nin-jews since 9/12/01.

He was also the first one to make up the crap that Russian armed forces are now allowed to provide security for events on US soil.

This is not true and not even the article you linked to says this.

Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

d1carter on July 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I only buy Hunts.

kirkill on July 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I interpret what is going on in Egypt as good news. Am I wrong someway?

thuja on July 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I want a fighterjettank.

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I think you want an A10 then.

smoothsailing on July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I think you want an A10 then.

smoothsailing on July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Ooohh. I want one. Can you buy them at the surplus store?

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

He was also the first one to make up the crap that Russian armed forces are now allowed to provide security for events on US soil.

This is not true and not even the article you linked to says this.

Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

“In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.”

My reference was tongue in cheek, but since you want to go after me please answer this: how is Russia going to supply for “security at mass events” in the US if not with troops?

What do you think this agreement means, that the Russians have agreed to loan us some orange cones for help with parking during football games?

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Who’s Alex Jones?

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Alex Jones is an islamist sympathizer who has been telling the world that 9/11 was carried out by republican nin-jews since 9/12/01. Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Why don’t you try and justify linking me to some Al Qaeda sympathizer I didn’t quote? I’d like to see the reasoning behind that.

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I think you want an A10 then.

smoothsailing on July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Ooohh. I want one. Can you buy them at the surplus store?

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Call your local Air Force base and see if they can lend you a “warthog” for a wild weekend you have planned.

viking01 on July 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I want a fighterjettank. Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I think you want an A10 then. smoothsailing on July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I have a framed photo on one in my house!

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

See? Just like Obama wanted to happen.

Suck it, wingnutz!

Good Lt on July 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Apparently the media has trouble searching their archives and indicating this self-serving statement is the opposite of what Mr. Obama has said in the past.

Based on the protesters posters ‘hatin” on Mr. Obama, they have not missed his love for Mursi.

Imagine that. Protesters more honest than our media…

Obama Administration Criticizes Morsi

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration sharply criticized Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Wednesday and pressed the Islamist leader to be “more responsive to the Egyptian people” and their demands for political change.

Marcus Traianus on July 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Jihadists vow struggle against army if Morsi removed

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jihadists-vow-struggle-against-army-if-morsy-removed

nazo311 on July 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I think you want an A10 then.

smoothsailing on July 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Ooohh. I want one. Can you buy them at the surplus store?

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

If I had one for my Neighborhood Watch, I wouldn’t have to bother the nice lady on the 911 line so much.

Adjoran on July 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

If I had one for my Neighborhood Watch, I wouldn’t have to bother the nice lady on the 911 line so much.

Adjoran on July 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I’ll bet Saint Trayvon would think twice before attacking.

viking01 on July 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Jihadists vow struggle against army if Morsi removed

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jihadists-vow-struggle-against-army-if-morsy-removed

nazo311 on July 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Fantastic news!

If they wipe out the estimated 2 million MB followers, it will go a long way towards solving Egypt’s food shortages, as well as contribute to the overall peace in the region and begin the process of rebuilding their tourism industry.

Send all those martyrs off to Paradise and let Allah sort out who gets the virgins.

Adjoran on July 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Morsi has been told that he is no longer President.

The military is in control.

Paratroopers have arrived at the Army barracks where Morsi is located.

The military has surrounded the Republican Guard.

An announcement is being read to the Egyptian people by military, community, religious, and Taramod leaders explaining what has happened and what the roadmap will look like over the next year.

Resist We Much on July 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I hear Obama offered Morsi asylum at his home in Chicago but Morsi turned him down. Said the town was too violent.

dirtseller on July 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Looks like Morsi was Time Magazine’s bitch also. I’ve gone over my self imposed yearly CNN ten minute quota. I won’t go over my self imposed Time magazine 2 page ten year quota. So much other stuff to read and study. Why is this magazine even still in print?

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Morsi overthrown? Morsi is out?! Morsi is out!?

El_Terrible on July 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

CNN dismayed and dejected that MoBros have been handed their hat.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Military just said Morsi is no longer president.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

CNN – Any official statement from the Obama administration? Do nothing yet.

Leading by voting present while being absent from behind.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Ruh oh… Egyptian military announced Morsi is no longer president..

Fallon on July 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Constitutional Court will choose Morsi’s successor.

Constitution suspended.

Parliamentary law goes into effect.

Morsi under arrest.

Resist We Much on July 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

ESAD, Huma Abedin & Valerie Jarret!

Resist We Much on July 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

CNN begging Obama administration to show up.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Constitution Suspended. LET THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!

El_Terrible on July 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

CNN stunned at “how much ill will he had generated”.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Of course, I should refresh HA twice before posting… and of course, RWM had the scoop ten minutes ago. lol

Fallon on July 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Hope this isn’t followed by drought and water shortage on the Nile.

Fahreed Zakariah (CNN) (ass-clown in chief) Military has made fairly dangerous move….

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Al-Ahram: army told Mursi he was no longer president

July 3, 2013 3:06 pm EDT0 commentsViews:

http://www.oneamericanews.com/al-ahram-army-told-mursi-he-was-no-longer-president/

I heard this at the top of the hour on Fox news radio also.

This network launches tomorrow also.

bluefox on July 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Wolfie Blitzer – “is this a coupe, or is this not a coupe?” This guy is paid money to show up on camera.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

I NEVER watch MSNBC but they were the only local channel showing the Egypt coup and reporting on it and the guest with Tourette just explained why he thought Morsi failed.

Sound familiar?
– Elected with just 51 % of the vote
– Despite those low numbers he tried to “codify” MB tactics instead of building a coalition with his opposition
– He rammed through legislation based on Shariah Law which the mostly secular Egyptians detest.

Can we PLEASE do the same with the POS?

People in the streets going crazy.

They trust the military more than MB and Shariah Law.

Heck, I’d trust OUR military over the despicable regime in place here.

wyntre9 on July 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

CNN Wolfie – “How will the President react, even though we’re not seeing him.”

Fahreed MoBros Fanboy – hoping for military to clear streets and MoBros to resist in their “shrouds” – meaning they are going to their death.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Mohammed El Give Iran the Bomb – Smartest guy in Eqypt.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Wow! Finally LSM catching up to the historical nature of the Egypt coup.

Inspiring. Gives me hope for Muslim sanity. Opposition consists of those under 30, Christians and secularist Muslims.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if this starts a run on MB worldwide?

The POS can never bet on the right horse. That means something.

(Of course WE KNEW ousting Muhbarak for Morsi was a big mistake).

Commentators saying the crowds turning out for the Morsi coup far outwiegh those which turned out when he was (s)elected.

wyntre9 on July 3, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Where is John Kerry? Where is the US Ambassador to Egypt? Where is Joe Biden? Anybody with any life experience available for comment? Could Chuck Hagel at least get out in front of the cameras and tells US Israel is responsible here?

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM

CNN stunned at “how much ill will he had generated”.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

And that “ill will” is also directed at the Brotherhood’s number one enabler: Barack Milhaus Nobama

TarheelBen on July 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Let’s put Obama under house arrest!

Power to the people!

What’s that knock on the door?

Mr. Smith?

Stepan on July 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

CNN Wolfie Blitzer – dumbest man on the face of the planet. Why does anyone give these people any weight at all?

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

CNN still showing mich closer perspective of a few thousand Prr-Morsi supporters and far back perspective of a few million anti-Morsis as if they were of the same size or importance.

oldroy on July 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Lesson: It’s the Middle East. If you have a guy (Mubarak) who has been an ally of the U.S. AND Israel for 30 years, you think twice before throwing him under the bus. I think Obama’s goal all along has been to bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in the Middle East in as many countries as possible.

TarheelBen on July 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I interpret what is going on in Egypt as good news. Am I wrong someway?

thuja on July 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I wouldn’t jump to such conclusions. It’s good news that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are out of power. We don’t yet know who the Egyptian army wants to have IN power, which could be better or worse than Morsi, or somewhere in between.

By way of example, every President since Reagan knew that Gadhafi of Libya was a tyrant and a terrorist, but he was left in power and marginalized and contained without being ousted. Obama took it upon himself and NATO to throw Gadhafi out, and THEN terrorists took over eastern Libya and killed our Ambassador. The enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend.

We can always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. And hope that Obumbles does what he does best (nothing), which would be better than anything he could do in Egypt.

Steve Z on July 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

OT: This is unbelievable from Buzzfeed on WH defense of Valerie Jarrett…

d1carter on July 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

The timing is interesting. I wonder if ValJar is about to be brought into the IRS corruption scandal? Benghazi?

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

New pics. Check out the last two, especially.

Resist We Much on July 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Some great pics RWM!! And a super work reporting all of this for us and updating!! I think HA needs to promote you!!

bluefox on July 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

He was also the first one to make up the crap that Russian armed forces are now allowed to provide security for events on US soil.

This is not true and not even the article you linked to says this.

Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

“In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.”

My reference was tongue in cheek, but since you want to go after me please answer this: how is Russia going to supply for “security at mass events” in the US if not with troops?

What do you think this agreement means, that the Russians have agreed to loan us some orange cones for help with parking during football games?

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

It doesn’t mean that there will be Russian troops on US soil providing “security” for anyone or anything. It says right there in the part that you quoted that there will be an “exchange of experience”. Experience, not troops.

Why don’t you try and justify linking me to some Al Qaeda sympathizer I didn’t quote? I’d like to see the reasoning behind that.

Akzed on July 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I’m not linking you to the islamist sympathizer who made up this garbage, I’m telling you the original source it came from in the hopes that it will encourage you not to give credence to nonsense like this in the future.

Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

A message from Egypt:

https://twitter.com/ProSyriana/status/352505907051102210/photo/1

They get it!!

bluefox on July 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Alberta_Patriot on July 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Well taken. I repeat, my original reference to this was tongue in cheek.

And I know who Alex Jones is, which is why I didn’t link to his site – although Drudge does on occasion.

Akzed on July 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

And I know who Alex Jones is, which is why I didn’t link to his site – although Drudge does on occasion.

Akzed on July 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I know, I wish he wouldn’t.

Drudge should know better.

Alberta_Patriot on July 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Send all those martyrs off to Paradise and let Allah sort out who gets the virgins.

Adjoran on July 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

There won’t be any left:

Meanwhile, in Tahrir Square, more than 90 women have reportedly been sexually assaulted in the past four days.

AesopFan on July 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

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