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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sharp decline in turnout for Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt

Asharq al-Awsat reports a sharp decline in turnout for Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt (Hat Tip: IMRA).
The Muslim Brotherhood’s attempts to organize protests to demand the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Mursi on Friday ended quietly as the total number of protesters declined markedly from previous weeks.
The small turnout prompted speculations over a drop in the group’s popularity among Egyptians.
Pro-Mursi protests were met with public condemnation across Egypt, and anti-Brotherhood protesters reportedly attacked Islamists and tore down their placards.
Those overseeing the situation in Egypt attributed the small turnout to the absence of communication among Brotherhood members and protest organizers, as well as the heightened security measures.
Marches did go through the streets of Cairo, with protesters denouncing defense minister Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi as a ”traitor.” They also chanted: “It is not about the Brotherhood. . . . It’s a war against Islam.”
But despite fewer protesters taking to the streets, Egypt witnessed several acts of violence on Friday. At least one Mursi supporter was reported killed and 25 injured in scuffles between pro- and anti-Mursi demonstrators.
In Al-Sharqia Governorate, violence broke out as Mursi supporters were pelted with stones and empty glass bottles for shouting slogans against Sisi.
In the Suez Governorate, explosives experts detonated a hand grenade, a security source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Law and order can be restored when the authorities want badly enough that it be restored. It's kind of like 'yes, there is a military solution' in a different context. 

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