Dec 6, 2013
Egypt’s Uncertain Political Future Debated After ‘Massacre’
Posted on Jul 9, 2013
Mass protests were mounted in Egypt and political leaders discussed the creation of a civilian transitional government to rule with military support until new elections next year, after the killing of 51 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on Monday.
With 400 protesters injured in addition to the dead, Monday was one of the bloodiest days in Egypt’s recent history. Mohamed Atia, one of the hundreds wounded, told The Guardian, “It was like pouring rain. … They started shooting teargas and then live ammunition. We were shouting ‘peaceful, peaceful’, but the shooting continued.”
The Muslim Brotherhood described the killings as a massacre, while the army defended them as a response to a “terrorist” attack. “Egyptian media came out in solid and uncritical support of the military but key details of what happened remain unexplained,” The Guardian reported.
Samir Radwan, a favorite for the post of prime minister, told The Guardian that he would tackle the economy and “national reconciliation” if appointed.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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