The said presidency has failed to manage the crisis in a proper way that can lead the country to safety or what might be called a road map to get out of the bottleneck into which the Egyptians found themselves stuck two years after the revolution. This made their hatred become towards both the government and the presidency as well as towards the Salvation Front, which is believed by many to be not representing or reflecting what they want to achieve for the sake of their country.
The economic crisis has as well as had black overshadow over the political scene in Cairo, what made the complexity and confusion increase, especially after the deadlock of the negotiations of the World Bank loan and the continuation of the deteriorating security situation, and this affects negatively on all the aspects of the economic and social life in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The decline in Egypt’s monetary reserves from the hard currency was reflected in a sharp rise in the U.S. dollar and thus a rise in the prices of the consumer goods. What is more serious than this is the crisis of diesel and fuel generally that is bedeviling the movement and transportation and is being reflected negatively on tourism that is originally having low levels due to insecurity, as well as the high unemployment rate, inflation, and the low rate of development to an unprecedented level where it reached in the past two years only 1.7%.
People are fed up with the deteriorating situation in the country and are expressing this by talking openly and acutely about their need for change at any cost, even if it was to return the military rule back to Egypt. Moreover, some saw that the conflict between the politicians is for power and not for Egypt and the Egyptian people and for the completion of the journey which was started by the January revolution two years ago. This reality increased the state of anger and boiling felt by the young people who dreamt of a bright future after they revolted, sacrificed, and after some among them became martyrs, to discover that all what they have worked hard for and sacrificed is evaporating and being swallowed by the political forces that were not at the level of their ambitions and hopes to complete the march of the revolution.
The effects of this anger and boiling were clearly seen in several violent stations that have had various squares and were spread to several Egyptian cities such as Cairo, Alexandria, Tanta, Mahalla, Suez, Port Said, as well as in the Upper Egypt, and the most violent was what happened in Tanta during the farewell of martyr Muhammad Al-Jondy, the son of the city, who died under torture at the hands of the Egyptian security men during his detention, as his family and friends said, where several political forces blamed the regime for his death. Until the time of writing this article, hit-and-run skirmishes are taking place between the angry youths in Tanta and between the police and security forces.
The clashes continues between the angry youths and the security forces ever since Friday in more than one place and city, especially around the Federal Heliopolis palace, and the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) was forced to raise the ceiling of its demands and slogans and it also reached to the level of demanding the departure of Morsi and demanded trying him on what he committed of the crimes of killing the demonstrators since assuming power, according to them.
The man that was killed and the two hundred injuries who fell on ‘the Friday of anger’ and their vulnerability since Friday until the dawn on Wednesday, as well as the number of deaths and lynching one of the protesters in front of the Federal is quite a shame. Additionally, filming him by activists, (being dragged naked by the policemen), broadcasting the incident on the air, and the floundering of the victim that was shown in his remarks about what happened to him because he fears the reprisals from the Interior Ministry and the Minister’s comments and his willingness to resign, which means admitting the shameful and criminal incident, not to mention the presidency’s apology on the incident and the testimonies of the victim two days after in which he states that the security forces have lynched him after they stripped him of his clothes, all this and other violent events along with the economic crisis as we have said and the living distress paved the ground for a dangerous escalation in the political discourse by both parties and made the success of the national dialogue, for which the Egyptian President and his team called, become irrelevant. Yet, the proposal by the ‘Nour Party’ regarding their sudden initiative so that to go out of the impasse have re-drew the political map differently, although some apprehensions have been found and some have considered that it comes to calm the situation and then to return the alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood back to its former glory and that proposing the initiative by the Salafi party is a tactic and not more.
Talking about a governmental change has increased and it is highly expected that the Government of Hisham Qandil would be resolved and that an alternative government would be assigned, and many wise men in Egypt are to be working to make it become a national consensus government, and to reconsider some of the Constitution’s non-democratic articles, which allow a broader control by the Muslim Brotherhood Movement and by religious forces over the Egyptian political scene.
On Tuesday, during an announcement that has an important indication, the spokesman of the ‘Strong Egypt’ Party, led by the presidential candidate who broke away from the Brotherhood, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh expressed his rejection and denunciation of the national dialogue called for by Morsi and the presidency. The exact forces that will participate in the dialogue are not yet known. Fields in Egypt are being ignited and anger is increasing and the members of the Muslim Brotherhood are practicing their own religious belief and are increasing the complications of the scene. In an incident that has significant implications, those members have put a veil covering the statue of the famous singer ever in the Arab and Egyptian history, Umm Kulthum, causing reactions, angry comments, and condemnations in the street, and this has yet raised many concerns, perhaps because this act looks, with a small difference, like what the militants and gangs of al-Qaeda Victory Front have done when they smashed the statue of Abu Ala Marri in Aleppo, Syria.
From now and until tomorrow Friday, the situation of Egypt would become matured regarding whether the situation would become calm or it would be complex and would standstill. All evidence suggests that the scene is heading towards worsening and towards more violence, if nothing was done to contain the problem seriously, to propose a solution based upon which the Muslim Brotherhood movement would abandon the way by which it is “eating” everything and controlling all the aspects of the State, and to work to involve all the forces in power, regardless of the size of representation in the current dissolved parliament or Shura.