Just two years after massive protests & a little CIA involvement led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, the people of Egypt have exploded in conflict yet again. In what seems oddly familiar to the reasons that the Mubarak Regime fell, millions of Egyptians have accused its new leader of the same improprieties. Mohamed Morsy became the country's first democratically-elected President in June 2012; but now just one year in, has been removed from his role due to complaints of running the same type of Authoritarian Regime.
Elected on the promise of an all-inclusive government, Muhammad Morsy is accused of governing solely according to the strict Islamist doctrine exposed by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood political party. Concerns over crime, a fragile economy, and sectarian bickering-all common issues of any nation previously held under European Colonial Rule-didn't help Morsy's cause either. As the rest of the world watched the protests and violence escalate, military leaders gave Morsy a 48 hour mandate to find a way to satisfy the people's demands. When Morsy publicly blew off those demands, the military stepped in and staged a military coup.
No one can say for sure what happens next, as this move could have many social, political, and violent implications. The U.S. government, European nations, as well as those in the region, will now also walk a bit of a political tightrope in deciding whether or not-and on what terms they will recognize the new government. And of course there's the billions of dollars in aid that the U.S. sends to its ally each year.
According to Amnesty International, at least 30 people have died since the protests began on June 30th. An estimated 16 alone died at a rally on July 2nd. Hundreds, if not thousands, have been injured up to this point. Stay tuned...