Since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gave himself sweeping powers last week, the entire country has been in an uproar. Protests are occurring more frequently, especially considering how polarized the political atmosphere was before Morsi’s decrees. There was heavy tension between the Islamists and secular groups, as Morsi (the Islamist candidate) had only taken the Presidency with a 51% majority.
So, when Morsi hoped to create an autocracy for himself, 49% of the country of Egypt went up in arms, including other branches of the Egyptian government. Judges, outraged by the power-grab, have gone on strikes in protest against the Morsi regime. This, says the New York Times, is often an effective move to spark more protests:
As the Judges Club met in the High Court building, a small crowd of protesters outside chanted that Egypt’s judges were “a red line.” When another group armed with the flares favored by hard-core soccer fans tried to force their way into the building, the police fired tear gas.
Under the old tyrant, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt saw the first of the revolutions that eventually spread through the Middle East. The country, however, still seems to be at war. Even though a ‘government’ was put in place by the US State Department, it has not yet achieved peace and stability in the country. Now, Morsi’s new actions are threatening any diplomatic progress that had been made. The struggle seems to be ongoing and growing worse, as the country’s judges pound the regime with open protest:
The condemnation came from an array of organizations. The Supreme Council of the Judiciary called the decree “an unprecedented attack on judicial independence” and urged the president to rescind it. A major association of judges, the Judges Club, called for a strike by courts across Egypt. The leader of the national lawyers’ association endorsed the call.
With such outrage, it remains to be seen if Morsi will retract the decree, or whether or not the Obama administration will openly condemn Morsi’s new actions, as the EU and UN have done already.
Via Master OfUniverse