The protests in Egypt simply have never stopped since the ramming through of the Sharia constitution and the massive power grab by Morsi last year. And now it seems Morsi is coming to the end of his rope in allowing these protests to continue. Several have spoken of civil war brewing in Egypt, including Walid Shoebat, and it looks like we might be headed that way:
NBC NEWS – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi threatened on Sunday to take unspecified steps to “protect this nation” after violent demonstrations against his Muslim Brotherhood, using vague but severe language that the opposition said heralded a crackdown.
In remarks following clashes outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters on Friday, Morsi warned that would be taken against any politicians shown to be involved in what he described as violence and rioting.
“If I am forced to do what is required to protect this nation, then I will do it. And I fear that I might be on the verge of doing it,” Morsi said in a statement. He did not elaborate.
Morsi has faced increasing anger since the Brotherhood propelled him to power in a June election, and several spates of protest have turned into violent riots.
The president’s opponents accuse him and the Brotherhood of seeking to dominate the post-Hosni Mubarak era and resorting to undemocratic police powers two years after autocrat Mubarak was brought down by popular protests.
The brotherhood accuses its secularist opponents of stirring trouble to seize power they could not win at the ballot box, and says the relentless civil unrest is wrecking efforts to salvage an economy driven to its knees by uncertainty.
“They are very scary comments,” said Khaled Dawoud, a spokesman for the National Salvation Front (NSF), an alliance of non-Islamist parties formed late last year to oppose Morsi.
“I can see language that is heading towards taking some suppressive measures,” he added.