Egypt: Update on the situation: The First “Friday Bloody Friday”

As expected, we didn’t have to wait for long for MB’s reaction to the military coup d’etat. On Friday, Morsi’s supporters and members of the MB organization and movement started their protest cycle, which so far has been a mix of civil disobedience and active marches and protests. The reaction of the military, as expected, was repression, and casualties have been reported.

Moreover, yesterday the military junta shutdown 3  pro-MB TV channels and Al-Jazeera’s direct fed from Cairo, thus banning the popular news channel from providing any live footage of the demonstrations.

However, in the age of the Internet, there are many ways and means to circumvent these bans that belong to another age. Quickly last night, the MB organization started broadcasting live on the Internet, thus creating an alternative news source that is not subjected to military censorship. The YarmoukTV has been broadcasting and covering live all the pro-Morsi protests and initiatives.

Meanwhile, the old Mubarek clan and its coercive branch, the military, are back in power just hours after the coup was conducted and Morsi was deposed. The New York Times reports that the remnants of Egypt’s old government reasserted themselves on Thursday within hours of the military coup that deposed the country’s first freely elected president, and began a widespread crackdown on Morsi’s supporters and the top echelon of the MB organization. The legal justification for these arrests is at best fictional, and at worse purely dictatorial, and reminds us of the old days of Mubarek’s regime. As David Kirkpatrick reports for the NYT, ” The actions [taken by the military] provided the first indications of what Egypt’s new political order could look like after Mohamed Morsi.” –i.e., a repressive political order.

The BBC (Arabic) reports that among the MB leaders that the military arrested yesterday–under the charges of “instigation to violence”, a charge so vague that is nothing but a cover for pure military oppression–are: Muhammad Badie, General Adviser of the MB movement; his top aid and second in command; his predecessor at the same post; Saad al-Katatni, the former Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament; and about 300 members of the MB

To add oil to the already burning fire, the NYT reports today that Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2005 and the replacement of the ousted Morsi at the head of the new executive, along with many prominent liberals have lobbied western powers for the necessity of ousting Morsi and conducting a coup. We do not know yet if ElBaradei received the green light for the military coup from these Western powers, but what we do know is that this information reinforces the rumors that have been floating for the last 2 months that western powers (read, the US and Israel) have been conspiring to depose Morsi, the first democratically elected president from an Islamist party. Whether ElBaradei receiced the blessing of these western powers or not is not important. What is important is that this information adds legitimacy and credence to the narrative of the radical wing of the MB and the Islamist movement in general that western powers would never allow for an Islamist to be the president of a major Muslim country as strategically important as Egypt. Moreover, this only undermines the legitimacy of the military coup and any future government post-Morsi, and erodes the credibility and patriotism of the liberals and their political parties in Egypt. I would even go further and argue that all of the aforementioned consequences of this so-called conspiracy against Morsi are not important; what’s, however, is that this information will only energize the radical and undermine the moderate of the MB movement.

Finally, the first pictures of the crackdown on the MB and the violence in Egypt started to surface. I will post as many pictures as possible, not to add oil on a burning fire, but to inform.

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Top Picture: Michigan University Football Stadium, Capacity 114,000 people

Bottom Picture: Tahrir Square, Capacity 20 million people, if you believe it

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Large Pro-Morsi rallies across several cities

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This evening in Alexandria and Cairo (green capture)Screen shot 2013-07-05 at 1.31.01 PM

First civilian casualty of today’s clashes

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Pictures taken by Jeremy Bowen today, BBnews Reporter

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Source to keep yourself informed on the situation in Egypt:

Jeremy Bowen, BBCnews reporter, twitter fed: https://twitter.com/BowenBBC

Al-YarmukTV, MB news channel on the web: http://www.justin.tv/yarmouktv#/w/6060095584/3

BBC, Arabic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arabic/middleeast/

New York Times, Middle East page: http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/middleeast/index.html

Articles worth reading:

Robert Fisk, The Independent: When is a military coup not a military coup? When it happens in Egypt, apparently

David D. Kirkpatrick, NYT: Crackdown on Morsi Backers Deepens Divide in Egypt

David D. Kirkpatrick, NYT: Prominent Egyptian Liberal Says He Sought West’s Support for Uprising

  1. August 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    The only words that so far all of you–i mean everyone who commented–have kept on repeating over and over are “traitor” and “liar”….do you have anything else to say beside that?.

  2. hayam
    August 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists, and liars. And I can’t trust your site anymore, because you’r posting incorrect news without any proof evidence..
    I’m Egyptian and I’m witness on what happened.brotherhood big leis and the big terrorist organization in the world beside Obama and America sport them beside what happened in Egypt its not accup but revaluation

    • August 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Do you have a problem only with the pictures? How about with the other 10 other articles…do you have problem with those? Moreover, i think you are wrong

  3. August 10, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Morsi committed high crime via an agreement to sell 40% of sinai land to his supporter in phalastine (hamas) which is terrorist group in ghaza. What do u want more!!!!!! Shall we wait 4 years untill he sell our land to the terrorists. Do u accept that to happen in your country???????????? Simple question need an answer if you are courage enough to answer it. !!!!!!!!!!!!
    By the way most of the photos are for the protest on 30/6 against morsi, but his supporters uplode them as protests supporting him. Less than 5% of the people in egypt supporting this shit called morsi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • August 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Do you know how ridiculous you sound? You sound like a lunatic. Get hold of yourself because you are really not making any sense. أو كما يقول المصريون، وأنت مجنون :)

      Moreover, the photos are the right ones. You just don’t like what they show. How about the photos of all those murders? are they fake as well? LOL Check them out and let me know: http://laseptiemewilaya.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/egypt-a-photo-essay-of-a-massacre-07-27-13/

    • August 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

      yeah Muslim Brotherhood are the real terrorists and Obama Supports them for the sake of
      Israeli people

  4. August 10, 2013 at 3:49 am

    People voted . People spent time and resources to vote….Respect People…Damn it….Baltagia likes to live free with the haram on exploiting people’s money and fortunes….Baltagia is the system governing Egypt and those Arab countries….Baltagia has been at work for 500+ years….Time to undo and disable Baltagia terrorist

  5. Mina
    August 10, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I’m very sorry to say that: these news is not correct. These pictures of the demonstrations of June 30. Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists, and liars. And I can’t trust your site anymore, because you’r posting incorrect news without any proof evidence..
    I’m Egyptian and I’m witness on what happened.

  6. August 10, 2013 at 1:35 am

    these pictures for military supporters believe us it is revolution against terrorists

    • August 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

      General Sissi is not ruling the ruler is president Adli Mansour so it is not a military coup as you are trying to show it using all fake pics from the traitors those brotherhood or the criminals if General sissi wants to be the president or to rule Egypt as you portray or trying to portray he wouldn’t give the authority to the present ruler Adli Mansour

  7. August 10, 2013 at 1:28 am

    the man was shot in the back of head facing the army soldiers that means he was shot from the back side the protesters and this was recorded they lied every word every blood drop

    • August 10, 2013 at 1:50 am

      The wound in the back of his head is an exit wound. It is not an entry wound.

  8. August 10, 2013 at 1:09 am

    These pictures of demonstrations June 30. Muslim Brotherhood terrorists

  9. Mohamed
    August 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Most of these pictures are all from 30/6 protests aganist Mursi .It is a great fake from muslim brotherhood to put these photos as if were for his supporters. If you want to know the reality, search these photos on google , and you wlll find that they are for the egyptian people aganist mursi.Brotherhood must stop lying, by this they are losing all their cards , and no one can help them except us we egyptians ,, put it seems that they want to have a dramatic end , with their vanishment to the rest of the life

    • August 10, 2013 at 1:29 am

      It would be very hard to have anti-Mursi protesters wearing Mursi’s t-shirts and then protesting against him, don’t you think? :)

  10. Ali AlSharnoby
    August 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    LOOLLLL actually i am an Egyptian Journalist and i can assure you that those pictures of the crowds are taken from the rallies which went out on 30 June and 26 July demanding to remove Morsi and to support the army in it’s war against terrorism, the Muslim brotherhood are big lairs and they pretend that these pics are theirs and that all these people wants Morsi, while the true is just the opposite, and i think the website should make sure of the pics before publishing it and mislead the public opinion.

    • August 10, 2013 at 3:28 am

      If you are a journalist, then according to your comment, you have lost all credibility and all objectivity. Therefore, you are no longer a journalist. Just another baltagi

  11. MOHAMED HELAL
    August 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    THE FIRST PICTURE IS FROM THE ANTI MORSI PROTESTERS NOT WITH MORSI >>> THE R LIERS

  12. MOHAMED HELAL
    August 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    what is happen in Egypt is not a coup this is POPULAR REVOLUTION >>>

    • August 10, 2013 at 1:30 am

      There are many people who would disagree with you, but you are entitled to your own opinion, not to your own facts.

  13. sara
    August 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    ياولااد الكلب دي صور الوؤيديين للسيسي من المياديين بلااااااااااااااااااااااااااااش كدب

  14. fathy
    August 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Image caster dead on the ground, the Muslim Brotherhood’s killers themselves, they kill their supporters and Thmua the Egyptian army.Muslim Brotherhood terrorists, Kaven and pupils Bashstan.Note that the victim was shot from behind as most of the dead ..Kill their supporters themselves trading with their blood.

    • August 10, 2013 at 1:32 am

      There is a video showing clearly that the military shot him in the head. Again, you are entitled to your own opinion, not to your own facts. Moreover, the wound in the back of his head shows an exit wound, not an entry wound.

  15. mamoon
    August 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    The first pic is for the rallies of the muslim brotherhood oponents. Not pro morsi regime. Search on google by pic.

  16. ahmed
    August 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    see how this is website helps the terrorists fabricate truth… Why the hell are you helping muslim brotherhood??

    • fathy
      August 10, 2013 at 2:14 am

      Lead is used only Muslim Brotherhood terrorists. Did you know that al-Qaeda who blew up the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.Did you know that the Islamic Ganaah that cold-blooded killing 67 innocent Slih in Luxor is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah are the children of the Muslim Brotherhood are Arpethm and drank from the black ideas terrorist

      • August 10, 2013 at 3:06 am

        You are really either delusional or just not that sharpest tool in the shed. So, Morsi now is part of Al-Qaeda and 9/11 attacks and all that jazz. What does the removal of a democratically elected president by a military coup have to do with the 9/11 attacks?

        Moreover, don’t you ever use the 9/11 attacks anymore here because that date is sacred for us Americans, and we don’t want you to use it as political football in your food fight to justify your military reprehensible acts.

  17. Amr
    August 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    What a hell is that! Stop lying. You put a picture for the inti-Morsi in Jun 30th as a picture for today?!

  18. M
    August 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    lies lies lies !!!!!!!!!!! revolutions in every country of them were against morsi !! and the man who was killed, If you notice the shot was from behind ! I mean who killed him were supports of morsi !

  19. kero
    August 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    الكلام كله كذب انا مصرى و عارف
    كل الصور دى يوم 30 يونيو
    و كانت ضدد محمد مرسى و الاخوان المسلمين ( الارهاب )
    ________________________________

    Speech is all a lie I am Egyptian and i know..
    All this pictures from June 30 Revolution
    And the repayment Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood (terrorism)

  20. August 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    these are all lies those who stand beside the so called the traitor Morsi are not more than 100 or 200 thousands these are stolen pics from Tahrir Square and that man who is wounded is not a real pic this so-calls religion Morsi was a big traitor who betrayed his religion, his people , and his country he deserves death those who vote for him are also traitors like him they have taken money from other resources to Kill all the Egyptian People and stand against the great Egyptian Army finally , long live sissy

    • August 10, 2013 at 3:37 am

      And yes, and you guys successfully gathered 30 million on June 30th! Give me a break

  21. Tito
    August 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Morsi committed high crime via an agreement to sell 40% of sinai land to his supporter in phalastine (hamas) which is terrorist group in ghaza. What do u want more!!!!!! Shall we wait 4 years untill he sell our land to the terrorists. Do u accept that to happen in your country???????????? Simple question need an answer if you are courage enough to answer it. !!!!!!!!!!!!
    By the way most of the photos are for the protest on 30/6 against morsi, but his supporters uplode them as protests supporting him. Less than 5% of the people in egypt supporting this shit called morsi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • August 10, 2013 at 1:40 am

      WOW, sell Sinai land…you are really living in an alternative world

  22. August 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    In a nutshell, our dear beloved prophet Muhammed was a good example when he rejected the request for rule from the side of whoever wanted to govern a district and used to select the most genuine, devoted and selfless guys. if a guy is a true Muslim they are never after rule or authority. on the other hand, as Egyptians we really know that most of the remnants wanna come back to authority using different ways. i wanna tell that we will never be fooled again by these or those as both are not after the good of our country, they are after their personal interests.

    • August 10, 2013 at 3:38 am

      Leave the prophet out of this. This has nothing to do with him. State your facts here. And the facts are crystal clear, at least to me

  23. July 26, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Nice answer back in return of this matter with genuine arguments and telling all regarding
    that.

  24. Amani-Kach-Khan
    July 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Great stuff here. Thanks for putting this together and keeping informed and giving another story that the one we are reading in the newspapers these day. To listen to read, one would think that Morsi was the worse person on earth, like he ate their children and raped their wives. I think there are deep economic interests that Morsi threatened and the big guys with the big money did that to him. We will soon know that this whole military coup is just a cover up for corruption and legalized theft. Thanks and keep it up

    • July 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories and i dislike them profoundly. However, what i know for certain that Morsi was elected; he had a 4 year term; he didn’t commit high crimes or was a traitor to his country; therefore the military had no justification to intervene.

      • August 10, 2013 at 10:12 am

        Tahar-LSW :
        That’s why General Al-Sisi authorized the Israeli planes to enter the Egyptian airspace in Sinai and kill Egyptians today. What a great defender of Egypt this Al-Sisi is. Who’s the big friend of Israel now? You are laughable

        All lies it never happened you are dreaming my dear please be honest if you can

      • August 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        My god, you don’t know that Israel hit Egypt yesterday? Really, you don’t know that? Wow, you are living in alternative reality.

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