Millions of Egyptians are in the streets now asking for the ousting of their elected president Mohamed Morsi and against the Muslim Brotherhood, just after a year in power and the army has delivered an ultimatum asking him to resolve the unrest in 48 hours or face intervention.
The interior ministry said at least 14 million are participating in the protests and in the social webs they are talking about 22 million. If so, would be one of the biggest protests in history. There have been clashes as groups of protesters have stormed in the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood. They are talking about at least sixteen killed.
Tahrir square is again a place crowded by protesters but now against Mohamed Morsi, not supporting him as happened a year before.
In one year the president appears to have lost many of his voters who wanted a change after the ousting of his predecessor Hosni Mubarak by popular demonstrations in 2011 like the ones are happening this days in many cities across Egypt. They say there are more people participating in the demonstrations against Morsi than the people that toppled the regime of Mubarak from Tahrir square.
They accuse Morsi of being an autocratic leader that has changed the Constitution to control all the powers, a puppet of the Muslim Brotherhood and not a president for all Egyptians, and blame him for the disastrous economic situation of the Country, according to what people participating in the demonstrations are saying.
To defuse such a big demonstration is a very difficult task. By now all the attempts to calm the situation by the Government have been useless. Nobody is listening to the messages to calm down and wait to the elections. The situation is highly dangerous with so many people into the streets. There is a constant danger of violence going out of control.
In a statement on Monday, the army called on all groups – opposition and pro-Morsi alike – to resolve the situation. “The army gives an ultimatum of 48 hours as a last-ditch chance, as the homeland and the nation cannot tolerate any party failing to live up to its responsibilities,” the statement said, according to Al Jazeera.”The national security of the state is in severe danger”, it said, adding that if there was no resolution, “We are compelled by our national responsibility… to issue a road map for the future and certain measures… for the participation of all factions.” The statement described the mass protests on Sunday that brought out millions of Egyptians demanding President Morsi’s resignation as “glorious”. It said protesters expressed their opinion “in peaceful and civilized manner”, and that “it is necessary that the people get a reply … to their calls”, always according to Al Jazeera.
So, Morsi has a big problem in his hands. He has millions protesting against him occupying the streets and apparently not willing to go home. He has 48 hours to solve an impossible situation and the military apparently against him. He is running out of options.
To step down from power without elections would set a precedent. Try to send home by force so many protesters would be a violent disaster. Negotiate with the opposition is an option if the opposition wants to negotiate. But again, so many people in the streets saying they will stay until Morsi resigns can be already out of control even for the opposition leaders. And then, the military didn’t elaborate what kind of intervention are planning to do.
In a democratic country the ousting of a government has to be done in the polls and there are parliamentary elections this year, but in Egypt patience has run out, and there is a danger that the military take the power before. Now is time to see if all this will happen peacefully or not. In any case, times of instability for Egypt now and ahead.