28 Jan

Egypt’s President Gives Military Power To Arrest Civilians As Protests Continue To Rage

Daniel DeFraia @ Global Post:

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi approved a draft law on Monday, allowing the military to arrest civilians and assist police after at least 50 people died in anti-government protests.

The news broke when an anonymous source told Reuters the army would “behave like a police force.” The wire service said that means “detainees would go to a civilian and not military court.”

The news follows Morsi’s state of emergency and curfew declaration in three Egyptian cities — Suez, Ismailia and Port Said. It’s unclear if the army will operate in the three cities under emergency law or all of Egypt.

The army’s restoration as an internal policing force is likely to spark significant controversy.

GlobalPost’s senior correspondent in Egypt, Erin Cunningham, reports:

The protesters’ battle with the army over the last two years was a bloody and repressive exercise in which military courts tried thousands of activists. The election of Morsi and subsequent withdrawal of the military troops from public life was hailed as the end of a dark and dangerous period of army rule.

To have the soldiers reenter the scene with such sweeping powers so soon is a blow to the pro-democracy protesters, and signifies a willingness by Morsi, once an enemy of the army, to call on his erstwhile foe to quash challenges to his power. It will also likely deepen the radicalization of protesters already resorting to more violent tactics to fight the state.

Recent protests centered on the second anniversary of the revolt against former President Mubarak, which fell on Friday, called by activists “Friday of Rage.”

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.

3 Responses to Egypt’s President Gives Military Power To Arrest Civilians As Protests Continue To Rage

  1. johngalt says: 1

    I would hope that sensible people here in the US will be noting what is happening there.

    Forget the Islamic aspect for a moment, and you see what a tyrant does to “lead” his country.

    I would hope that if anything similar happens here, that We, the People, would rise up as one and say “NO!”

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  2. johngalt
    and those youngs are being beat very hard on the head and face, as the last one we could peak
    on where they where all side by side with wounds visible in the picture,
    that government is vicious for the people who protest,
    OBAMA IS DREAMING IN COLOR IF HE THINK OF A DEMOCRACY IN THERE,
    IT WILL NEVER BE, THEY ARE INGRAIN IN VIOLENT ACTION TO GET WHAT THEY WANT,
    IT’S IN THEIR RELIGION OF ANCIENT TIME NEVER TO EVOLVE,
    TOO BAD THAT SPRING OF MUSLIMS WAS ENCOURAGE BY OBAMA, IT IS OUT OF CONTROL NOW,

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  3. johngalt
    at FOX HANNITY, HAD A WAS HERO HE SAID THEY ARE NUTS TO GIVE PLANE AND TANKS TO MORSI,
    he said they are our enemies and declared it the muslim brotherhood hate ISRAEL OPENLY AND
    WE SHOULD NOT GIVE THEM ANYTHING, IT IS A THREAT TO ISRAEL ALSO.

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