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Anger Gives Way To Gloom At Pro-Morsi Rally
2013-07-05
[AnNahar] Anger gave way to gloom on Thursday as Islamists rallied at a Cairo mosque where thousands of supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi said they felt under siege and betrayed by the army.

Pictures of the ousted leader hung on walls, as protesters chanted against the military that removed Morsi from his post and outlined a roadmap for a political transition.

Inside the hall of the mosque, members of his ousted government and the leadership of his Moslem Brüderbund huddled together, planning their next moves and vowing not to deal with the new leaders.

"The whole guidance council is here," said Moslem Brüderbund front man Gehad al-Haddad in reference to the Islamist movement's political bureau.

He slammed the army's removal of Morsi as "thuggery" and a violation of democratic principles.

Morsi was Egypt's first freely elected president. But his opponents accused him of betraying his promise as a president for all Egyptians by concentrating power in the hands of Islamists.

As the economy nosedived, inflation soared and fuel shortages drove large parts of the country to a standstill, public opinion became increasingly anti-Morsi.

Millions erupted into the streets to call for his resignation, but his supporters said he should have been allowed to see out his term and be removed only through future elections.

"President Mohamed Morsi is the elected legitimate Egyptian president. They imposed a new reality with force but legitimacy is on our side," said Brotherhood front man Ahmed Aref.

Outside the mosque, chants thundered against the military.

"Down with military rule!" they chanted, calling for an Islamic state.

In a statement read out to the Morsi supporters, the Brotherhood called for "peaceful protests" on Friday to defend Morsi's legitimacy.

"I'm ready to die for legitimacy, for my religion," said one student of medicine, carrying a shroud in a symbolic gesture.

Tents were pitched and street vendors sold food as the protesters settled in for the long haul.

"It's a soft military coup. The military was smart, using the cover of civilians," said Ahmed al-Sayyed, 26, in reference to the mass anti-Morsi protests the military used to justify their move.

"I was hoping to see an Islamic state in Egypt, but they aborted this dream," he added.

News of the arrests of Brotherhood leaders and the closure of Islamist television stations was a painful reminder for Morsi's supporters of the dramatic end to his turbulent year in power and their place in Egyptian politics.

"During all his time in power, Morsi never closed down one television channel. They closed down six channels in just one hour," said protester Ahmed Ali.

Morsi's government unraveled late on Wednesday after the army gave him a 48-hour ultimatum in the wake of massive demonstrations since June 30 against his tumultuous rule.
Posted by:trailing wife

#13   Why would youngsters want sharia law over freedom?

Ask a blind man to describe the color 'red'.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-07-05 18:26  

#12  he or she...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2013-07-05 16:12  

#11  b) they always think that they'll be part of the ruling clique and THEY'LL be the ones issuing fatwas and raping slaves.

Same thing applies here. Every useful idiot believes he off she will be a commissar. Usually they are among the first to kneel at the edge of a ditch instead...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2013-07-05 16:12  

#10  #9 Why would youngsters want sharia law over freedom?
Why would western youngsters want almighty state over freedom?


They've been carefully taught. In the madrassas, and in the public schools.
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-07-05 16:09  

#9  Why would youngsters want sharia law over freedom?

Why would western youngsters want almighty state over freedom?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-07-05 15:58  

#8  
Why would youngsters want sharia law over freedom?


They're losers?
Posted by: Rob Crawford   2013-07-05 15:56  

#7  Whatever...in any case, the current crop can only feed 10% of the people but there is no fuel to gather it...these "good" people are the one raping all the women they could grab...women THEY had mutilated before(100% of egyptian muslim women are infibulated) DEAD MEN WALKING!!!
Posted by: Bob Snore6814   2013-07-05 15:29  

#6  This was not an encounter between Islam and those who would be free, but between hungry people and those who had promised to feed them, but were not able to continue to do so. Look close to home, at all our inner cities - when the public dole eventually runs out there will be 25 million or more in the streets demanding heads.
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-07-05 14:01  

#5  Let's hope Islam has more frequent encounters with those who would be free.
Posted by: Beau   2013-07-05 12:59  

#4  It makes little difference who is in charge: Egypt is a basket case and CANNOT support itself. It needs massive foreign subsidies to prevent starvation. That or it needs to export and/or kill millions of its people. A massive assault on Israel could apply both 'solutions' simultaneously - a million dead and lots of aid from KSA etc.
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-07-05 09:06  

#3  Paul D, the answer to your question is that:

a) they are young and ruled by their emotions and religion is all about emotions;
b) they always think that they'll be part of the ruling clique and THEY'LL be the ones issuing fatwas and raping slaves.
Posted by: AlanC   2013-07-05 08:57  

#2  As the economy nosedived, inflation soared and fuel shortages drove large parts of the country to a standstill, public opinion became increasingly anti-Morsi.
Not paying enough attention to Obama.

He slammed the army's removal of Morsi as "thuggery" and a violation of democratic principles.
Irony abounds.

"I was hoping to see an Islamic state in Egypt, but they aborted this nightmare dream," he added.
Posted by: Gluque Angineling7416   2013-07-05 08:51  

#1  Why would youngsters want sharia law over freedom?
Posted by: Paul D   2013-07-05 08:47  

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