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Egypt anxiously awaits verdict from Western Twitterers on whether it was a coup or not

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Egypt anxiously awaits verdict from Western Twitterers on whether it was a coup or not

Country turns to social media commentators to answer vital question

CAIRO: With the dust settling on Egypt’s latest major uprising, one major question has the country glued to its smartphones.

“Try as we might, we just can’t figure out whether it was a pro-democracy revolution or a full military coup,” said Hassan Mallick, who has been part of the protests in Tahrir Square since Sunday.

“That’s why we’re appealing to Twitter’s political commentators – both professional and amateur – to thrash it out for us.

“It’s all very well asking the bloodied and bruised people of Cairo, but what do young professionals in North London think? What is the vibe on the ground in Brooklyn? We’re just waiting to hear.”

Among those expected to help deliver a verdict is Lee Sturgeon, a 32-year-old London-based food writer, who has been engaged in “heated debate” via Twitter on the subject.

“A legitimate elected government was removed from office by the army, who also took over the media. Tell me that isn’t a coup!!!” was one of his more popular messages sent shortly after the military announced the new interim presidency of Adly Mansour.

“Sorry Lee, but a military coup does not give transitional political leadership to the head of a constitutional court! #WeAreAllTahrir #June30,” responded San Francisco-based marketing executive Freeman Parr.

As night fell over Cairo, thousands gathered round a giant billboard to follow the fast-moving online debate. However, cries of disappointment were heard when the discussion swiftly moved on to a new animated GIF of Taylor Swift.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. JMCQ87

    July 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hehe. Nice. 😉

  2. KS

    July 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Not a coup, millions came out to the streets in support of this and the army just intervened to protect the civilian protestors against a militarized group with current alliances with terrorists. Arrests and control of the media was to neutralize their communication network with terrorists which would have created violence and more killing.

  3. Iqbal Latif

    July 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Ike – Your predictions and understanding of Egypt and political Islam are unique, is it an illegitimate coup or a transition towards a far more freer Egypt! Prof Hosni Fahmi

    This is a change/revolution that in essence says that ‘our history and nationhood of 5,000 years is bigger than our ideology.’ Army intervention is a result of the mass absolute polarisation in Egypt where more than half are apprehensive about universal application of the Brotherhood’s credo which is, “God is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.” In today’s world Mursi should have known that success of any multi-faceted multi-cultured state is inversely proportional to its Jihadist propensity.

    Dissent and freedom of expression’ are source of democracy, a nation that denies both denies democracy. Mursi was on the course to deny freedom to masses. ‘The promotion of good and stopping of vice’ was too hard for mainstream Egyptians to digest. Masses had not removed a benign dictator to get into another ideological dictatorship. This idea of Democratic Islamic Republic is a biggest lie; Islam and democracy are exclusive not inclusive. Democracy is neither Islamic nor Christian- Democracy is democracy!

    Ideologically provoked “terrorism” has plunged a dagger into the heart of our social contract, that of basic respect of human life. It provides, through its ill-founded medieval judgement and jurisprudence, the “right to kill innocent” without hearing. The heart and mind of every terrorist has become the “temple of justice”, with so many elevated to dispense summary justice as they please the “high priests”with a 5 kg dynamite belt strapped around their waist, out to avenge and settle scores with those who do not believe in their vision of Dark Age living.

    Repression and denial of freedom is a totalitarian tool and this sensitivity of ‘millions of a nation of faithful’ is so reproachful; I don’t accept one man ship of mullah or clerics or any prophet; but I also defend the rights of those which are trampled for what they believe in, my right as an apostate or believer should be as protected as their right of being faithful or a Mullah/ Ayatollah.

    Day after day, methodical denial of rights of minorities across the board constitute highest form of intellectual discrimination- ‘a genocide of mind is as worst as genocide of bodies,’ not only as citizens with regard to their civil and political rights, but also in terms of their economic, social and cultural rights.

    No revolution process would be completed if the Middle East is not ready to break its chains from ideological underpinnings of ‘political Islam;’ this ‘Dechristianisation’ of the state is the most important factor to consider. Given the tendency of Islam to rely upon the strongman, one group of strongmen will be replaced by another (Perhaps that will be the nutshell of these revolutions in the Middle East). The alternative dictatorship that political Islam has to offer has been served in this Information Age a final death blow.

    Such demonstrations were inconceivable by the pure old guard politics, it is the expression of 20 million interconnected Twitters. There is a reason why China, Iran censors internet dearly. It is also imperative for us to stand by those who demand cohabitation in Egypt. The experiences of Iran should be eye opening. The Iranian revolution in 1979 was a genuinely anti-authoritarian in which liberals leaning to the right like Bazargan and Yazdi, played a vital part. Mursi had a big support of centre and left too, like in Iran communists, trade unionists, independents, and Islamists were all a part of Mursi-MB led rainbow alliance. Islamists used the liberals and others to make way to power, but then jettisoned everyone to hold the power singularly. Like Nazis and Stalin, the best way for extremists is to use mass popular support and eradicate the major supporter in the post cleansing operation. Akhwans were on course to experiment their exclusive model.

    Egyptians have a very strong history of intelligent academia and mass education; Egypt is not exactly Khomeinite Iran (historically ripe for a Shiite revolution) or any orthodox littoral Arab state. It offered far more intellectual resistance to Islamists, the Coptic minority and secular Egypt has strong grass root support. Fortunately the fall of the ideological Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe overnight in the Middle East, has helped remove the dark shadow of the ‘Iron Curtain of ideology and despotism’ but it also left a cadre of millions of secular democratic twitter armed enlightened minds looking for the chains of ideology to be broken so that they can join the world of free thinking.

    Global openness has unleashed a pursuit for freedom among enslaved peoples. This is a new phenomenon. The tyrants run away because their security forces are refused to fire on their own people and establishment refused to support the crumbling regime of Mursi. He should have been inclusive. Now tanks do not come out to crush peaceful civilians. In a new geopolitical trend, the idea of shoring up of rigid democracy ala Mursi, in the name of stability was shunned, it faced the challenge from a new ‘mass democratic process.’ People are not ready to accept ideological slavery. They want freedom.

    We have rights as a man – when ‘you’ take ‘my’ rights away you take ‘my’ humanity away!!

    • Beter Barker

      July 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      This response is not funny!

      I don’t know how this site attracts such ideological non-funniness! Unless your response is a joke.

      Poor blogger – you choose a satirical website for your diatribe.

      We have rights too, “You take my funny bone away”.

  4. DeltaSly

    July 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    TL;DR.
    Really? Really really?

  5. Pet wussy

    July 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Egyptians mis-timed independance day for their coup.

    It’s the 4th of July dammit – not the second!

  6. g2-e360ef5d59fb0507a56fc8b9674ae86f

    July 5, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Iqbal Latif that was brilliant!

  7. Anonymous

    July 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Not a coup, kossomocoup, REVOLUTION WAVE 2

  8. Anonymous

    July 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Morsi beau coup.

  9. Prak

    July 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Not a coup. The people got what they wanted and army will hand over power thru elections (hopefully) whatever it is the army did the right thing. Otherwise the situation much worst than it is now.

  10. bin shermuta

    July 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Here are the real reasons why Morsi was ousted:
    1. Could not bond with the youth despite changing his name to “momo” (http://www.panarabiaenquirer.com/wordpress/mohamed-morsi-changes-name-to-momo-in-bid-to-appeal-to-egyptian-youth/)
    2. Millions of EgyptianTaylor Swift fans thought that the ‘Taylor Swift dating Morsi’ article on PAE was real. (http://www.panarabiaenquirer.com/wordpress/taylor-swift-now-dating-mohamed-morsi/)
    3. Retailers of green lasers needed a revolution to sell their stock to sell their stocks.
    4. His jewish neighbors didn’t like him.
    5. Without a revolution, the square feels so empty. Monthly revolutions are planned till 2023.
    6. Woman were upset about the sexist nature of ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’ name. Perhaps the name; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; might have appealed to the female voter.
    7. Momo would not consider requesting the Olympics committee to include protesting as an Olympic sport.
    8. John Terry recommended it.(www.panarabiaenquirer.com/wordpress/john-terry-meets-with-morsi-after-admin-error/)

  11. I-pad Williams

    July 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    If the Mubarak revolution was the Facebook revolution, then this revolution must surely be the revolution brought about by the green laser lights seen on the army helicopters. Perhaps, like the facebook revolution, some proud father will name his daughter; Green lights.

  12. Anonymous

    July 7, 2013 at 6:16 am

    COUP

  13. Alan Sunlotion

    July 8, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Another Egyption coup/revolution! they are becoming as common as your morning Costa! Solution – let the Americans run the country, they do everywehre else. Give em a go, you can always be revolting again in a years time.

  14. Shahira

    July 30, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Not a coup… Not a coup… Not a coup
    How many times do u need to hear it???
    Egypt was saved from the age of total darkness thanks to our beloved army
    god bless Egypt and the people of egypt

  15. girly_girl (@monicapttrsn)

    July 30, 2013 at 5:09 am

    It was a pro-democracy revolution. Morsi hid himself as a Dictator. Once elected Democratically, he changed the Constitution to appoint himself as Dictator. The reason for Jan 25 2011 Revolution was to become free of Dictatorship. The Egyptians pleaded with him to stop this Dictator behavior, but he refused. Hitler was elected Democratically.

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