Why is Egypt so Angry?

Angry Egypt

As I type, opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are clashing with the police outside of the presidential palace in Egypt. The protesters hurled molotov cocktails at Morsi’s palace, demanding he be overthrown.

Since it’s 2011 revolution, Egypt has never been the picture of stability, but Cairo has seen the worst of the violence over the past week in which more than 60 people were killed. Clashes started up again last week sparked by the death sentences imposed on 21 local people in connection with soccer riots.

But whats really behind the clashes? Why is Egypt so angry and why do they hate Morsi so?

Well first, Morsi’s response to the recent clashes left much to be desired. After announcing a state of emergency on Sunday, he ordered a night-time curfew to stay in place for 30 days. This didn’t go over too well and many protesters just ended up ignoring it.

But the underlying cause of the protests stem from Morsi imposing a new form of authoritarianism and betraying the values of the uprising two years ago. After being elected last year, President Morsi issued a constitutional declaration that greatly expanded his own powers, prompting some opponents to call the Muslim Brotherhood leader the “new pharaoh.”

Morsi rushed in the new controversial Islamist-tinged constitution which many regarded as undemocratic. Although the constitution was put to a referendum, turnout was low and ‘sketchiness’ was reported. And so tens of thousands of Egyptians continue to protest the Morsi’s power grab and the general lack of change in Egypt.

Ok – Morsi is a bit of a pharaoh, but the problem runs far deeper than Morsi. Egypt is now plagued by a fundamental lack of security, regardless of who reigns. It’s the anti-Morsi sentiment combined with widespread law and order problems and a loss of confidence in state institutions, that have spurred speculations about whether the Egyptian state will collapse. I guess we’ll just wait and see…

Via: BBC

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