Seven dead, 262 wounded in Cairo street battle

posted at 8:02 am on July 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, a special US envoy arrived to congratulate Egyptians on their “second chance” at democracy, but not everyone was in a celebratory mood.  A battle between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the military-run security forces in Cairo ended with seven dead and 262 wounded:

Deadly clashes erupted on the streets of Cairo on Monday night not long after a visiting U.S. diplomat hailed what he called a “second chance” for Egyptian democracy after the ouster of the country’s elected president this month.

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns, the highest-level U.S. official to visit Cairo since President Mohamed Morsi was removed by the military July 3, signaled Washington’s readiness to stand with Egypt’s new leaders. Hours later, hundreds of thousands of Morsi supporters shut down major roads and highways in central Cairo and the coastal city of Alexandria, and police launched barrages of tear gas to clear them.

By Tuesday morning, at least seven people were dead and more than 260 injured, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency.

Ramses Square in the center of Egypt’s capital quickly turned into a battle zone early Tuesday, as clashes erupted between Morsi’s supporters and police who were joined by plainclothes men hurling stones at the protesters from an overpass.

Supporters of Morsi retreated to a local mosque for shelter after the battle, where they still remain.  They plan to leave soon, but want to wait until the coast is clear.  So far, more than five dozen Morsi supporters have been killed in fights with the police and perhaps ten times as many injured.  A parallel protest involving hundreds more at a sit-in has gone more peacefully, but it’s clear that the Army won’t be able to intimidate the Brotherhood into acquiescence.

Neither will they have much luck at convincing them to join the new government, especially with the US tipping its hand.  NBC notes that the aid has not been frozen but it’s still “under review”:

The U.S. supports Egypt with $1.5 billion in aid annually.

However, that aid was formally put under review last week in the wake of the military-backed power shift.

U.S. law requires that aid be cut off to a country that undergoes a military coup, but Western leaders have stopped short of declaring the July 3 transition a coup.

With Burns telling the Egyptians that the not-coup coup gave them a “second chance” at democracy, though, the aid is all but certain to continue.  That not-so-subtle message is the strongest signal yet that the White House learned its lesson over the last two years that rushing into an election that favors radicals isn’t exactly smart power.  Egyptians aren’t the only ones with a second chance here.


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That not-so-subtle message is the strongest signal yet that the White House learned its lesson over the last two years that rushing into an election that favors radicals isn’t exactly smart power.

Expect more of this…
Smart Power….

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Yesterday, a special US envoy arrived to congratulate Egyptians on their “second chance” at democracy
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It appears,the celebrations got a liitle out of hand!!

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Algeria, here we come.

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Expect more of this…
Smart Power….

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Electrongod:)

StateCraft

—HilRod!!

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Yesterday, a special US envoy arrived to congratulate Egyptians on their “second chance” at democracy
==================================

It appears,the celebrations got a liitle out of hand!!

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Second chances has a way of doing that…
:)

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Maybe the Brotherhood will learn that while the majority of Egyptians can’t decide who they want in power, the definitely don’t want Morsi.

fiatboomer on July 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

So,the overnight LA Riots are becoming Egypt(ian)!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

By Tuesday morning, at least seven people were dead and more than 260 injured, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency.

Wow! Chicago is going have to up its game to stay competitive.

Seriously, remind who the good guys are in all this. Because they all seem pretty much the same to me.

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

So,the overnight LA Riots are becoming Egypt(ian)!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

“We are all TRAYVON MARTIN!”

“Obama, we are all Osama!”

I get them so confused…

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Muzzie Brohood sympathizers in DC will not be denied…..it’s Caliphate here we come!

Until then these skirmishes between rival factions are just Saint TrayVon distractions for the media.

PappyD61 on July 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

MeanWhile,……..

Aisha Dabo™ ‏@mashanubian 1h

#BreakingNews: Egyptian security forces detain more than 400 people after Monday night clashes v @AlArabiya_Eng

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

“We are all TRAYVON MARTIN!”

“Obama, we are all Osama!”

I get them so confused…

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Electrongod:Yup,getting Info Dizzy:)

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:11 AM

The Obama Administration backed Morsi…was fully onboard with the MB slaughtering Christians as well as any Egyptian who was not Islamic enough for them…even told non-Moslems to shut up and toe the line…was cheerleading for the MB and Morsi for well over a year.

And now they want to come in to Egypt and try to play honest broker?

People are being killed because the Moslem Brotherhood will not let go of the chew toy…rabid dogs they are.

Never in the entire history of the Moslem Brotherhood have they done one thing that actually helped Egypt.

Jihad…live by the sword, as the Koran says.

Die by the sword…as the Egyptian Army says.

.

.

.

Go Army!!

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Algeria, here we come.

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Cleombrotus:Speaking of Algeria:_:O

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika leaves France to return to Algeria after hospital stay, airport source says – @Reuters

6 mins ago by editor

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Is the U.S. ambassador (Patterson) in Egypt, or has she fled?

GCM on July 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM

…are there any Christians left to kill?

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM

GCM on July 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Holed up in the US Embassy…waiting on word of her appeal for asylum in Moscow.

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Seriously, remind who the good guys are in all this. Because they all seem pretty much the same to me.

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Do we have to fly McCain over there?

Maybe he can just throw a dart at a map..

[No McCain...throw a little harder. Antarctica is peaceful.]

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

…are there any Christians left to kill?

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Diminishing number…

I am waiting for the time to come when somebody has to ask…are there any more MB members left to kill?

Spot one cockroach…you know there are dozens and dozens more inside the walls and cabinets..

MB?

Same thing.

Eradication.

Works.

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Hours later, hundreds of thousands of Morsi supporters shut down major roads and highways in central Cairo and the coastal city of Alexandria

…we need more people shutting the freeways down in California!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

They should send her out to Ramses Square to calm the crowds. Remember, she is in direct contact with a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

GCM on July 16, 2013 at 8:21 AM

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Think maybe the Moslem Brotherhood is merely just upset over the Zimmerman verdict?

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Back in the day, Egypt was the bread basket of the entire Mediterranaen.
Now they can’t feed themselves.
What’s the problem???

esblowfeld on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Electrongod on July 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

…has Senator Senile uttered…”My Friends”…in the last 24 hours?

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Think maybe the Moslem Brotherhood is merely just upset over the Zimmerman verdict?

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

burkas/hoodies?

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Think maybe the Moslem Brotherhood is merely just upset over the Zimmerman verdict?

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

coldwarrioe:Ugh,you had to mention that,how about Syria!:)
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Today, 14:01
Syrians express support to the Martin family by posting banner in Facebook
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“Martin Family! The Syrians are the best who know what it’s like to lose loved ones by immune criminals,” written on the posters that residents of Kafr Anbel, a small Syrian city, hold to express their support for the Martin family.

Earlier the residents of Kafr Anbel made news by speaking out in support of Boston following the Boston Marathon Bombing. They posted a photo on their Facebook page of themselves with a banner addressed to Boston victims.

“Boston bombings represent a sorrowful scene of what happens every day in Syria. Do accept our condolences”, was written on the banner.(More….)
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http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_16/Syrians-express-support-to-the-Martin-family-expressing-their-sorrow-in-Facebook-0917/

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

In St. Trayvon, the far left finally has its very own Horst Wessel. I.e., a thug transmogrified into a martyr for propaganda purposes.

Expect him to be on hoodies worldwide. He may end up being even more of an icon than Che’, their previous murderous “saint”. After all, most of the modern “enlightened ones” weren’t even born yet when he copped a packet in Bolivia.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Yesterday, a special US envoy arrived to congratulate Egyptians on their “second chance” at democracy, but not everyone was in a celebratory mood. A battle between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the military-run security forces in Cairo ended with seven dead and 262 wounded…

Leading From Behind

BigGator5 on July 16, 2013 at 8:43 AM

That not-so-subtle message is the strongest signal yet that the White House learned its lesson over the last two years that rushing into an election that favors radicals isn’t exactly smart power.

this is the trial-by-error foreign policy …..

ted c on July 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Think maybe the Moslem Brotherhood is merely just upset over the Zimmerman verdict?

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

or perhaps another video?????/

ted c on July 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

obama’s Egypt.

Pork-Chop on July 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Arab Spring! Obama owns this disaster.

simkeith on July 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Back in the day, Egypt was the bread basket of the entire Mediterranaen.
Now they can’t feed themselves.
What’s the problem???

esblowfeld on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Not nearly enough socialism.

/

Kafir on July 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Notice the spin?

The United States was never comfortable with the rise of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood but had defended his legitimacy as Egypt’s first elected leader.

Really Reuters…did you make that up? Of course you did.

Go back and read Mr. Obama’s and Mrs. Clinton’s statements. Then, look at the White House visitors list. Also see the numerous, consistent ways this administration has supported the MB.

Then comes back and apologize for being dishonest and mendacious.

Marcus Traianus on July 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Too bad I’ll never get the see the pyramids unless I visit with the entire 1st Armored protecting me.

Bishop on July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

eon on July 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

eon:

Oh I agree,there new posterboy,is going to get more mileage for a
few weeks!

The Left think they got screwed over the verdict,they’re nuts!:)

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Well, there goes the Egyptian economy. Religious radicalization is a form of insanity.

SC.Charlie on July 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Too bad I’ll never get the see the pyramids unless I visit with the entire 1st Armored protecting me.

Bishop on July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Yeah, it is a good thing that the Egyptian economy does not have a large stake in tourism. /

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Too bad I’ll never get the see the pyramids unless I visit with the entire 1st Armored protecting me. – Bishop on July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I had an Aunt and uncle who went to Egypt in 1997. They went to Luxor just a few days after the infamous massacre of aound 60 tourist there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxor_massacre

SC.Charlie on July 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

To caliphate or not to caliphate, that is the question.

albill on July 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Maybe the Brotherhood will learn that while the majority of Egyptians can’t decide who they want in power, the definitely don’t want Morsi.

fiatboomer on July 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

There probably isn’t a majority of Egyptians who back any form of government. The Muslim Brotherhood is good at inflaming young men against “infidels” and modern civilization, but knows nothing about peaceful civil government. The secular socialists (if backed by the military) can keep peace but ruin the economy, and the Coptic Christians want the MB off their backs, but don’t have the numbers needed to win an election. There are probably not enough capitalists in Egypt to win an election and fix the economy.

In the short term, maybe the current military rule is the “least of evils”, strong enough to maintain some semblance of order and prevent a civil war, until all the factions can calm down and talk to each other.

In such a situation, it’s probably better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt (so that the arms are not eventually used against Israel) and not take any sides, restricting any “foreign aid” to humanitarian aid (such as food and medicine).

Steve Z on July 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

In St. Trayvon, the far left finally has its very own Horst Wessel. I.e., a thug transmogrified into a martyr for propaganda purposes.

Expect him to be on hoodies worldwide. He may end up being even more of an icon than Che’, their previous murderous “saint”. After all, most of the modern “enlightened ones” weren’t even born yet when he copped a packet in Bolivia.

If African Americans are seeking a hero, why not Temar Boggs?

Steve Z on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

If African Americans are seeking a hero, why not Temar Boggs?

Steve Z on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

+1,000,000!!!!!!!!!

Because Temar Boggs ain’t fly…cuz he be too white…dont have a posse…ain’t doin’ no drank…is old school, when we is new school…

Yep.

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Saving a little girl (a non-black little girl, at that) rules young Mister Boggs out. On grounds of being “too law-conscious”, aka “Guilty of the offense of being insufficiently gangsta”.

I’d go into the concept of “cultural moral inversion within a restricted subculture”, but that would make this post a doctoral thesis.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Back in the day, Egypt was the bread basket of the entire Mediterranaen.
Now they can’t feed themselves.
What’s the problem???

esblowfeld on July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

When the Muslim cowboys showed up in Christian Egypt, they were herders and rode the range. The Egyptians were irrigatin sod busters bringing in 3 harvests a year. The Muslims kept singin “don’t fence me in” while lopping heads and that’s all she wrote for Egypts agricultural export prowess.

BL@KBIRD on July 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Seven dead, 262 wounded in Cairo street battle

I truly hate to sound callous, but…that sounds like a typical Juneteenth weekend in Chicago.

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Use the money to buy more weapons/ammo and distribute equal amounts to both sides.

NoDonkey on July 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM