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Friday, July 19, 2013

Egypt's Jon Stewart: Morsy would have purged enemies had he stayed in office

Satirist Bassem Yussuf, known as Egypt's John Stewart, says that had Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy not been replaced, he likely would have purged his enemies and opponents.
Morsi had already begun implying, days before the rallies and after a year of Muslim Brotherhood rule, that the time to accommodate political opponents had passed. Had the subsequent anti-government rallies failed, Youssef envisions that the following weeks would have seen literal bloodbaths:
He said it in four words that inflamed the audiences’ fervour. He said: “A year is enough!”… The president’s supporters clapped and cheered. Then they began screaming their favorite chants “purge, purge.” It’s this same chant that was repeated during all of the president’s popular conferences – “the people want to purge the media.” I now remember the angry faces who in previous conferences requested the president to begin flushing the “puging”. But he would signal with his hand to calm them and say we things like how should be patient with one another and how we should give eachother chances. But this time, “a year is enough” meant there would be no second chances…
My dear reader, in the parallel world, you won’t read this article because its writer will either be imprisoned or killed. You will switch on your TV to watch Misr 25 broadcasting live footage of the burning studios of private TV channels. The people would be chanting “it’s done, the people have purged the media.” Protesters would be raising banners that will immortalize the president’s famous sentence: “one year is enough.”

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