In an editorial published on Wednesday, the New York Times newspaper asserted that opposition voices against Egypt’s interim government and Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi are on the rise, including those who previously supported the coup and the crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. But with the Egyptian state becoming more repressive every day, the newspaper warned that it is increasingly difficult to judge the real level of opposition to the military regime.
The newspaper noted that: “The military-backed government that has ruled Egypt for the past five months is looking increasingly like the old dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.” The editorial explained that the latest efforts to suppresss protests, whether by legal decree or the use of brute force, have resulted in “all forms of public dissent now [being] subject to repression.”
The newspaper called these devlopments “alarming”, adding that: “Washington should not let itself get taken in by the Egyptian regime’s assurances that its repressive practices are necessary to bring democracy and or maintain stability. Egypt may well be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the Mubarak era, but American policy need not be.”