Violence in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood marches

posted at 4:01 pm on October 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The timing on this story is notable because McClatchy has an interesting analysis about how Egypt had settled into its new military autocracy after a year of turbulent democracy.  The news from Egypt today doesn’t necessarily negate that, but it shows that the Muslim Brotherhood hasn’t gone away quietly, either. On the day normally reserved for commemorating the Egyptian military’s performance in the 1973 war against Israel, the banned political party took to the streets in protest, with violent consequences:

After weeks of relative calm, clashes erupted between supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsy and Egyptian Security forces in several areas in Cairo, Nile State TV reported.

The violence came during a pro-Morsy march in Cairo. Since Morsy’s ouster and detention in July, his supporters have taken to the streets most Fridays.

Also Friday, pro-Morsy and anti-Morsy protesters clashed in two other Egyptian cities, state media reported.

Compared with violence in August that claimed hundreds of lives, the latest clashes appeared minor. Still, Nile TV reported that at least nine people sustained injuries.

One protester was killed, Reuters reports, after the military fired live rounds at a protest in Cairo.  However, they weren’t the only ones attacking the Brotherhood:

An Egyptian army vehicle fired live rounds in the direction of Muslim Brotherhood supporters who had been pushed away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square by security forces, a Reuters witness said. Medical sources said one Brotherhood supporter had died from a gunshot wound in clashes in the center of the capital.

Onlookers threw rocks at the pro-Mursi protesters, who hurled them back. Riot police had earlier fired tear gas to push back the march.

Thousands of protesters headed toward the site of a Brotherhood protest camp in northeast Cairo which was crushed by security forces in August.

Members of the Brotherhood, which has been banned by court order, tried to reach the presidential palace but were turned back by police.

After three months of coup-installed autocracy, the Muslim Brotherhood seems as impotent as ever.  (They also chose a very odd day to stage this demonstration.) This brings us back to McClatchy, where Nancy Youssef writes that Egyptians seem to prefer this mode of government over the incompetent and provocative leadership of what had been the most respected opposition force in the nation during the Mubarak era. At the very least, the form of government is not their main concern at all:

The mass protests that once drew international attention are now a distant memory. Indeed, the military enjoys unprecedented popularity since the 2011 uprising that was supposed to end its grip on the country. Residents say they’ve lost interest in protests; they did not lead to change or solve their immediate problems. …

Last month, seven revolutionary parties, including Maher’s, agreed to put aside their differences and form a coalition, the Revolution Path Front. Instead of seeking the presidency or changing the way the nation operates, the front now seeks smaller victories like raising the minimum wage in the private sector and getting the state to restart train operations, which had been fully shut down since Aug. 14 when the police and military routed a Brotherhood sit-in, killing as many as 1,100 people. Earlier this week, the government opened some stops.

“We are pushing for the problems of the people,” said Hatem Tallima, a member of the Revolutionary Socialists movement and one of the 152 people who signed the document creating the new front. “This affects traffic and workers who pay more to ride in minibuses.”

The attention to such working-class concerns as pay raises and better working conditions marks a shift for the so-called revolutionaries, who mostly hail from Egypt’s elite classes. It’s a recognition that most Egyptians have thrown in with the military-imposed government and will remain loyal to it unless living conditions don’t improve.

The international community seems to have lost interest, too.  Few of the Western media outlets have video of today’s clashes, offering terse written reports in their place.  Even Al-Jazeera seems mainly diffident to the issue at this point:

Just as a thought experiment, try to remember the last time the White House demanded that Egypt proceed quickly to elections after the coup, or at least the last time the news media covered it.  As far as I could research, we have to go back to mid-August. Looks like everyone’s thrown in the towel here.


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Oh yeah, those guys.

LtGenRob on October 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Obama’s boo’s

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Send over Obamacare. The whole country will come to a standstill.

Look at us. We can’t even look at the Grand Canyon anymore…

patman77 on October 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

On the day normally reserved for commemorating the Egyptian military’s performance in the 1973 war against Israel

They actually celebrate losing their asses in the Yom Kippur war? Why?

HotAirian on October 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

The real question: Do the people actually care, or do they just want to make the bad go away?

nobar on August 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I guess I have my answer. They threw out Mubarak, then installed Morsi, then proceeded to make the bad go away. All the while, no real change in governance.

Success.

nobar on October 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The timing on this story is norable because McClatchy has an interesting analysis about how Egypt had settled into its new military autocracy after a year of turbulent democracy.

“Norable” is apt. Egypt is neither a fully established military autocracy nor is it much of a democracy. It is some sort of weird hybrid that could have only come about by the odd half-assed policies of the Obama administration. Equal parts neglect and meddling.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

obama’s muzzie brotherhood.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Hillary’s muzzie brotherhood, never forget.

obama let her run his foreign ‘policy’.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I wish the military would take over in this country, too. We’ve gotta get rid of this sociopath dictator.

John the Libertarian on October 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Look at us. We can’t even look at the Grand Canyon anymore…

patman77 on October 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Just wait until the National Park Service puts up the 12 foot privacy fence!

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

They actually celebrate losing their asses in the Yom Kippur war? Why?

HotAirian on October 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Lol, I was thinking the same thing. From my memory every single time Egypt has gone up against Israel since 1948 they have gotten this A$$es handed to them. Why commemorate that? Are they trying to bring back the Arab League?

Johnnyreb on October 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Obama’s notable successes:

- Recovery Summer

- Arab Spring

- Embassy security

- ObamaCare exchange rollouts

He can go work with the Cubs when his term ends

faraway on October 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Violence in Egypt you say?

Must be a day of the week ending in “y” again.

BKennedy on October 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

In six years or so, the story will be the same but the names and location will change.

An Egyptian Obama Civilian Defense Force army vehicle fired live rounds in the direction of Muslim Brotherhood Christian supporters who had been pushed away from Cairo’s Washington’s Tahrir Square DuPont Circle by security forces, a Reuters witness said. Medical sources said one Brotherhood Christian supporter had died from a gunshot wound in clashes in the center of the capital.

BobMbx on October 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Look at us. We can’t even look at the Grand Canyon anymore…

patman77 on October 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Just wait until the National Park Service puts up the 12 foot privacy fence!

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Will they stop the helicopter tours with SAMs?

patman77 on October 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

In six years or so, the story will be the same but the names and location will change.

BobMbx on October 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

One quibble BobMbx. The protesters in the American Spring will not be gathering in Dupont Circle. Too [ahem] arty for that kind of a protest. Much more likely to be gathered in Freedom Plaza by the Reagan Building.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Looks like everyone’s thrown in the towel here.

I think no one in the yapdoggie media
wants to do or write or ” report” anything that reminds people that Hussein’s Christian and Church burning muzie bros are hated by the Egyptian people.
Americans canNOT be told about Hussein’s great strides and triumphs in ” democracy” when the people on whom Hussein imposes his democracy don’t even want his ” democracy”.
Afterall, he won a Nobel Prize .

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Good. More dead muslims.

Ronnie on October 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Will they stop the helicopter tours with SAMs?

patman77 on October 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I wouldn’t put it past them.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The signs that they are displaying the carry the hand of Saruman. That battle for the Middle Earth East has begun.

WashJeff on October 4, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I wish the military would take over in this country, too. We’ve gotta get rid of this sociopath dictator.

John the Libertarian on October 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

With the kind of spineless leaders we have in the military these days,
I’m not too sure about that :(

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

They actually celebrate losing their asses in the Yom Kippur war? Why?

HotAirian on October 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Egypt celebrates that war because they breached the Suez canal and really pushed into Israeli territory. Things became so dire for Israel that U.S. Army war stocks of TOW missiles had to be flown on an emergency basis to Israel.

That was the one time that the Arabs came close to winning. Egypt is kind of like the British in the respect that they memorialize lost battles (Roark’s Drift, Charge of the Light Brigade, etc.).

Special Forces Grunt on October 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

That was the one time that the Arabs came close to winning. Egypt is kind of like the British in the respect that they memorialize lost battles (Roark’s Drift, Charge of the Light Brigade, etc.).

Special Forces Grunt on October 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

We commemorate the dead from all our wars/battles…

yubley on October 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Bastard dies; LSM gushes: http://news.msn.com/world/legendary-vietnam-gen-vo-nguyen-giap-dies?ocid=ansnews11&stay=1

davidk on October 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Piss in that SOB’s grave.

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Hmmmmm

It seems one Mohamed Elibiary, he of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council, is also quite fond of that “R4BIA” Muslim Brotherhood symbol.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/30/controversial-adviser-to-department-of-homeland-security-defends-use-of-muslim-brotherhood-associated-icon-on-his-twitter-profile/

Stu Gotts on October 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

And yet in Tunisia, the MB ruling party as been evicted from office…

Who knew that the cure for Islamism was to actually let them take power?

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Violence!?! In the Middle East?!?

Pfffft….I don’t believe it.

KMC1 on October 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Just as a thought experiment, try to remember the last time the White House demanded that Egypt proceed quickly to elections after the coup, or at least the last time the news media covered it. As far as I could research, we have to go back to mid-August. Looks like everyone’s thrown in the towel here.

If there is no upside for Obama in a story, the MSM doesn’t waste time with it.

And yet in Tunisia, the MB ruling party as been evicted from office…

Who knew that the cure for Islamism was to actually let them take power?

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The cure for Communism in Russia was the same; it just took longer.

AesopFan on October 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM