“I ask … that next Friday all honest and trustworthy Egyptians must come out. Why come out? They come out to give me the mandate and order that I confront violence and potential terrorism,”said Egyptian general Abdul Fattah el Sisi,  commander of the armed forces. “I’m asking you to show the world,” he said. “If violence is sought, or terrorism is sought, the military and the police are authorized to confront this.”

The Muslim Brotherhood already challenged the general’s call and continue holding protests in the streets. It seems that the Government interim Government of Adly Mansour echoed the call. The general declared a state of alert and military helicopters are circling above Cairo.

El Sisi seems to feel backed by the people who filled the streets of Cairo an other cities against the deposed president Morsi and his Government, and now is trying to use the same people to justify any measures of force (and its consequences), to defuse the demonstrations of contrary sign, against the coup, the arrest of Morsi and his aides and the road map he traced to return Egypt to a democracy. But It is a very risky move to call the masses out and in a friday, holy day for the muslims, because it can lead to a more violence in the streets.

This is following a dangerous pattern: to use huge demonstrations and potential clashes between them as a way to “authorize” without elections or parliamentary control such a thing as a military intervention.

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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