Egyptian Against Egyptian: Anti-Morsi Protesters Consider Using Violence As Pro-Morsi Islamists Call For Religious War
Isaiah 19:2, “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom.”
‘We will use any means necessary to bring down the regime,’ warned Ahmed Dewedar, 25, a protester camping out in the capital’s Tahrir square. ‘There will be no stability until our demands are met.’
Seven deaths and hundreds of injuries on Wednesday, when pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators clashed outside the presidential palace, presaged what could come.
Although that scale of bloodiness has not yet returned, a hardening of positions on both sides underscores the potential for sustained street brutality.
‘We could have stormed the presidential palace on Wednesday but we didn’t, we stayed peaceful,’ said fellow activist Mahmud Ghazawi, 35. ‘But we won’t be peaceful for ever.’
Thousands of protesters converged on the palace again on Friday in a new show of opposition, one clearly infused with steely determination.” Read more.
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Flashback: Egyptian Cleric: It Is Permissible To Kill Anyone Who Protests Against Islamist President Morsi – “The legitimate president is Dr. Mohamed Morsi, and anyone who goes out to (to protest) on August 24 … will be committing the crimes of hiraba and high treason against the country, against Allah, against His Messenger, and against the believers. Therefore, I convey the following fatwa to the Egyptian people: Confront these people, and if they fight you, fight them… If some of you are killed by them, you will go to Paradise, and if you kill them, no ‘blood money’ will be warranted, because their killing is permissible.” Read more.