- Posted December 8, 2012 by
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Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
Anti-Morsy sentiment swells across Egypt
This comes after president Morsy has consistently ignored pleas from several factions and political parties to rescind his decree that was announced in November.
The decree offers Morsy unquestioned authority over the country and annuls the power of the judicial system altogether.
Furthermore, Egyptians are expressing anger, according to many on the streets, over the lopsided and unfair representation in the constituent assembly. Several politicians have expressed dismay over the Islamist-dominated assembly and claim that no real dialogue was offered within the assembly causing all secular and non-islamist parties to withdraw from the assembly.
After demonstrating peacefully last Tuesday, several activists camped outside the presidential palace calling on the president to listen to their demands.
A clarion call, according to one protestor, was then made out to all members of the Muslim Brotherhood through social media networks such as twitter and facebook as well as other forms of communication, and within the early hours of Wednesday morning, a large crowd of demonstrators attacked and ransacked the sit-in. Violence shortly erupted which resulted in 6 deaths as reported thus far by the Ministry of Health, one of which appears to be a supporter of Morsy and the others members of the opposition.
Morsy addressed the nation on Friday with a less than flattering speech according to many analysts. Morsy called on his supporters to maintain his legitimacy, denounced the violence and claimed that conspiracies were being planned against him. He also, falsely, according to judges handling their cases, announced that the perpetrators of the violence were all now being charged with various crimes.
Activists who were on the scene maintain that many of the so-called perpetrators were protestors that have been arrested by Muslim Brotherhood militias, beaten and taken to the police with false accusations.
Morsy also called on all political parties to meet with him on Saturday to discuss the situation without conditions but many leaders have declined the invitation saying that there cannot be any dialogue while the constitution remains ransom to one political tide.
Protestors and residents of near-by neighborhoods have camped out in front of the presidential palace in greater numbers Friday night. While a smaller crowd of supporters gathered in a near-by location.
Essam El Erian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the now dissolved parliament is said to be meeting with officials in the United States of America to smooth over the relations over the mismanagement of the democratic transition in Cairo by his currently "ruling" party.
Some look with dismay to Washington where the protests appear to be drawing little attention if any and many express fear that the US has no interest in true democratic transition in the country after Morsy was key to a truce in Gaza.
However, some analysts say that all bets are off on any material long-term gains from deals struck with the president if he cannot keep the peace within his own nation and stop further bloodshed.