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.

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

President Mohamed Morsi

President Mohamed Morsi (Photo credit: European External Action Service – EEAS)

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 six 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. It seems that the police is not acting and as I’m writing this comment is unknown what the military will do.

So, Morsi has a big problem in his hands. He has millions protesting against him and his government occupying the streets and apparently not willing to go home. To step down from power without elections because of this demonstrations would set a precedent and add instability to the Country. But the instability is already there.

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.

In a democratic country the ousting of a government has to be done in the polls and there are parliamentary elections  this year, so it is possible waiting a little more, but in Egypt patience has run out.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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