There are new tactics in play since the beginning of the coup, according to Mohammad El Baradie in an interview with the Washington Post. In the interview, he says that attempts have been made to change the protestors’ demands, from toppling the coup and releasing deposed President Mohamed Morsi, to providing a safe exit for protestors who wish to return home safely.
Yet, one wonders on what basis a deal can be offered to the president by those accused of espionage, given the resolute nature of the anti- coup protestors and the confusion amongst the coup supporters.
The coup media outlets recently announced the beginning of attacks against the sits-in. Since then we have witnessed a wave of claims from people who have gone from suggesting that the sits- in will be ended by airborne gas bombs and others who have confirmed flooding by sewage.
Over the past few days, while the army’s attack of the crowds in Rabaa al Adawiya and al Nahda squares has loomed over Egypt, we have witnessed waves of Egyptians descending from cities and villages to show their support for the protestors. There have also been sympathetic visits from the African Union delegation and from foreign correspondents to the Rabaa al Adawiya sits-in.
The events of the past few days have shown that the Egyptian people’s moral values are tougher than any bombs and the reawakening of their conscience is stronger than the ignorance and neglect of the Egyptian authorities. The tyrannical regime has pursued some notorious strategies in an attempt to distract the masses through the media; al-Ahram published an article which suggested that a chimpanzee in a zoo was depressed because of the sits- in al Nahda square.
As the authorities attempt to deceive the Egyptian people with lies, they remain immune to those that treat them as unwise. Egyptians have responded with an increase in the number of attendees at the rallies’ and sits- in whenever oppression and the threat of genocide escalates.
The disgraceful ban on the Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman from entering Egypt to visit the protestors at Rabaa Al Adawiya square in solidarity, is evidence that the anti-coup protestors are defenders of civilised and humane values which cannot be crushed under the wheels of tyranny.
Translated from Felesteen On Line 6 August 2013
The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.