June 30: A Day History Will Remember
Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
“The question remains: Will June 30th be a milestone in Egyptian history or just another bloodbath?”
Huge numbers of people are expected to demonstrate in cities across Egypt this weekend to demand the resignation of Mohamed Morsi. All eyes are on the ‘Tamarod Campaign,’ which has been very active in gathering signatures from across Egypt to withdraw confidence from President Morsy and pledging to make June 30th ”a watershed in the history of the Egyptian revolution.” Politicians, activists, and intellectuals from across the country are demanding the people of Egypt to unite against the current regime which has proven itself to be moving from one failure to another. The protesters are calling for early presidential elections to end economic and security failures among other failures that came with Morsi’s rule. Many people are fed up with Morsi’s rule, which has opened the door for sectarian strife between Egyptians. Power cuts and fuel shortages have been the talk of the country for months and have led to unprecedented frustration nationwide.
The Egyptian military has warned that it is prepared to step in to stop the violence from spinning out of control. A statement from General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the Islamist government and its opponent to forge consensus and settle their differences ahead of the protests. In the wake of Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim meeting with Central Security Forces (CSF) to discuss the security plan for protests scheduled for June 30th, Ibrahim announced that the ministry will protect the protests against violent intruders and will not attack peaceful protesters. Military jets soaring across the blue sky over the past two days fuel foreboding that in the coming days Egypt will witness a staggering movement in which the military has sent clear signals of their participation.
People have been waiting with anxiety and anticipation of either the birth of a new opportunity and a new hope or the beginning of a civil war. While there is a chance that the upcoming days might be recorded as a turning point or a pivotal moment in our history, nobody appears certain about what might unfold over the following days. The expectation for mass marches is associated with fear that the country will face further unrest, violence, and chaos. Fear of chaos and bloody confrontations have led people to stock up on food and buy up fuel supplies. Long queues outside of gas stations have already created a crisis and disorder in the streets. Statements coming from the military, the Egyptian Intelligence, Security Forces, governmental officials, political parties, and different institutions and religious sects are all indicators that something big is about to happen. Morsi’s supporters have vowed to fight any attempt to remove him by force and are preparing for counter-movements.
While many people are skeptical about the Tamarod Campaign and the weak opposition, shortages of water, electricity, and fuel, among other deteriorating economic and social conditions, prompt Egyptians, whose growing tension is pushing them to go out on the streets. The question remains: Will June 30th be a milestone in Egyptian history or just another bloodbath?
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