Egypt opposition refuses dialogue with Morsi
The President turned to all political parties Sunday asking them to take part in the talks to secure the country’s stability. The meeting was planned for late Monday.
A war is underway against the people of Egypt, opposition activist from Port Said Ayman Fayed told the Voice of Russia. He believes the USA to be behind the tragic Egyptian crisis.
According to Mr. Fayed, America is trying to isolate Egypt from the influence of other countries, including Russia and China. To do this, Washington needs to get the upper hand over the Suez Canal.
For these ends, the US has been encouraging Islamists to thwart the much aspired freedom. People’s resistance has prompted Washington to push Cairo to take forceful action, which has already killed 30 protesters in Port Said alone.
Ayman Fayed warns that ignoring the will of the people could lead to a second revolution as patience is wearing thin for the Egyptians. The key aim is to put an end to bloodshed, or else the crisis can help Western countries to the helm in Egypt, Mr. Fayed says.
The Egyptian government has approved a bill giving the military a right to arrest civilians. The draft law was backed by the Cabinet and passed to the Parliament’s upper house where it will be debated by the Constitution Council, local media say.
Several months ago, the Muslim Brotherhood and several other political parties demanded that this provision be scrapped before the power was returned to the country’s civilian leadership. They also forced the Army to prohibit court-martial trials of Egypt’s civilians.
One person was killed near Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday as clashes between police and protesters raged into a fifth straight day, a police official told reporters.
The unidentified man was killed by birdshot to the head, the official said, as demonstrators and police lobbed rocks at each other on a bridge and in an underpass leading to Tahrir Square and tear gas hung heavily in the air.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is waiting for the opposition to take up his dialogue offer.
In the meantime, thousands of young people have assembled on a bridge near Cairo’s Tahrir Square to mark two years since a mass prayer by anti-Mubarak demonstrators there persuaded police to stop their water cannon attack.
On Sunday, President Morsi declared a state of emergency in three provinces. Overnight, however, thousands of people defied the curfew and took to the streets.
Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS, AFP
On Jan 28, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after three days of clashes. However, the move only added oil to the fire of unrest.
A curfew from 9 pm to 6 am will now be imposed on the volatile cities for 30 days. In a national televised address, Morsi said he this is done "for the sake of Egypt".
Unhappy Egyptians immediately took to the streets to protest against the curfew.
Expert in Oriental Studies Vladimir Belyakov believes that Morsi has once again faced public discontent and not some political opposition.
"Cairo’s Tahrir Square was indeed flooded by the opposition but other cities saw a different kind of protesters. The current situation is really inflammable as people are beginning to be disappointed with the revolution which brought nothing but lower living standards."
Morsi pledges to protect people but does the opposite, says senior researcher of the RAS Institute of Oriental Studies Anatoly Egorin.
"Mubarak was toppled for resorting to force against his people but looking at today’s clashes, I can say that the army was very unlikely to act without the president’s approval. If the troops are dispersing the crowds under the pretext of restoring order it casts a certain shadow over Morsi."
At least 33 people died over the weekend in Port Said, where a court judgment sparked unrest. The victims’ funeral resulted in further clashes.
Egypt’s President has invited opposition leaders to a "national dialogue" hoping that it can restore stability and security in the country. Arabist Vladimir Belyakov says that Morsi’s calls for dialogue are just attempts to pacify the rioters.
"Morsi represents the powerful Muslim Brotherhood which has a firm outlook on Egypt’s political structure and Morsi acts in line with this stance. That’s why he is very unlikely to change the recently adopted constitution or form the national unity government."
People now accuse Morsi of being autocratic and some claim his policy was green-lighted by the US, Port Said opposition activist Ayman Fayed told the VoR.
"The US wants to control the Suez Channel all alone blocking Russia and China. America targets the entire region, not only Egypt. If Egypt’s government keeps ignoring people’s will, the crisis will only deepen and the country will be on the brink of another revolution. Many people are already on the verge."
Morsi used to say he is against emergency measures but now he is ready for more.