Recent days have witnessed raucous demonstrations by two divergent camps one dissenting against Mursi’s controversial decree and his draft constitution with Islamist leanings and the other defending his move.
“This battle of demonstrations took a gory turn on Thursday, when tens of thousands of protesters from opposing camps surrounded the presidential palace. The result was a violent clash between the two sides, in which five people died and over 400 people were wounded. So intense were the clashes that the army was deployed to force protestors out of the presidential palace area,” opined English language local daily, Khaleej Times, in its editorial on Saturday.
It added that gauging the intensity of the situation, Mursi, in a televised speech, called out to the opposition forces for dialogue. While he strongly condemned the clashes, specifically referring to armed miscreants funded by members of the “corrupt ex-regime”, Mursi said that there’s a possibility of altering objectionable clause of his degree.
The paper continued, however, Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood have not quite wavered in the face of overwhelming dissent. And neither is the opposition, led by Nobel prize winner Mohamed El Baradei, showing any signs of protest fatigue.
“The current impasse poses a dangerous situation, especially because it forced the Egyptian army to intervene and curtail the deteriorating security situation on the roads. The Egyptian people have waged a long and hard struggle to prevent their country’s omnipotent military from seizing the reigns of political power,” it added.
The paper warned that the rising civilian discord might provide the military with another opportunity to interfere in politics. Countries, where the armed forces had to intervene to maintain law and order in the cities, subsequently had to succumb to military rule.
It concluded, “Egypt’s civilian forces should learn a lesson from history and thus find a way to break the stalemate.” WAM/MN