[ View the story "Egypt’s exclusive democracy" on Storify] Egypt’s exclusive democracy Will the Muslim Brotherhood be pushed underground again?
The Stream· Wed, Nov 20 2013 09:33:01
at the presidential palace on November 15 to protest against the sentencing of 12 "pro-Morsi supporters" to 17 years in prison. According to reports, the supporters allegedly took part in a violent student-led protest at Al Azhar University, one of the leading institutions in Sunni Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood described their frustration in a statement posted on their website.
the entire Egyptian society was shocked and dismayed to see Al-Azhar University students sentenced to prison terms of seventeen years for allegedly trying to break into their own university. Meanwhile, those who kill or torture people or threaten the public with deadly weapons are not brought to trial.ikhwanweb.com
Images of the protests were shared online.
The Muslim Brotherhood is flexing its muscle by organising huge protests today. " I am still popular," is probably the message. #EgyptNervana Mahmoud
This demonstration is part of the ongoing protests in Egypt since former President Mohamed Morsi was removed from power in July. More than 1,000 people were
in clashes with police. Thousands have been arrested, with many going to trial including Morsi and other Brotherhood officials.
In #Egypt protests are illegal except if they support army and police.Wael Eskandar
Regardless of whether or not you support the protests in #Egypt: no peaceful protester should have to fear for their life or health. Simple.H.A. Hellyer د. إتش
مسيرة طلابية تطوف شوارع دمياط فى مليونية الحرية لطلاب مصر01117979535
جمعة الحسم وقفة مسجد النور المحمدىbymyselffull
Iconic view of Big Ben with #London supporting democracy in #Egypt car protest #Cars4Egypt #R4BIALDN @Ikhwanweb
Many pro-Brotherhood protesters have used the
(Rabia) symbol for their demonstrations. RB4IA started as an
movement to show solidarity with those who
in the Rabaa Square clashes in August.
However, many are critical over the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations.
And like every friday, the rabia protests. The people who are too blind to believe that morsi is not coming back.Farrrrrah
I mean - protesting today was important, but protests on their own aren't the solution or even the backbone of a solution. #EgyptIyad El-Baghdadi
In an effort to ease tensions between Brotherhood supporters and the government, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy
for a national dialogue as way out of the country's political tension". This was the first time the Brotherhood-backed establishment did not demand for reinstatement of the former president or bringing back the 2012 constitution. They says Egypt needs to stop "arrests, bloodshed, and hate speech" in order to have a"serious discussion".
@AA_Ashour: The National Alliance opens a new horizon for solve the politics in Egypt. But the exclusionary forces still live in the illusion that Egypt is for them only...we need to wake them up.
مبادرة التحالف الوطني تفتح أفقا للحل السياسي بمصر..لكن الاقصائيون مازالوا يعيشون بوهم أن مصر لهم فقط..لابد أن افاقتهم من سباتهم.عبدالواحد عاشور
@AJStream it's a breakthrough! I can final see light at the end of the tunnel for Egypt with the brotherhood shifting groundSalihu Sani
@AJStream Starting and maintaining dialogue with #MB is vital for the military as long as it doesn't have a democratic outcome.Lahcen Tazeroualti
@AJStream didnt the Muslim brotherhood vow not to co operate or compromise with the military?Looks like they have little or no choice. LolThe Jackal
Social solidarity minister Ahmed El-Borai, said the government could
to a dialogue if the alliance renounces violence and accepts president Morsi's overthrow as a "revolution".
@AJStream What a rotten compromise - shows who is having the upper hand, that will also persist throughout the negotations. #Egypt #morsihanoods
@AJStream if the govt needed dialogue,they shouldn't have arrested, detained or kill members of MB.Simplicity
Int'l pressure is mounting & the country is going nowhere. #Egypt's regime has come to realize that they cannot do without MB. @AJStreamMushie
Many shared mixed feelings about what this call for dialogue is and whether it would make a difference in Egypt's ongoing political standoff.
@AJStream They wouldn't make much of a headway through dialogue. Though initiating it is a positive step forward, the outcome looks bleak.Kops
They better go for the option of dialogue and stop the violence in Egypt!Chile Nneji
@AJStream Yes. The very acceptance that there's that need for dialogue will ensure an impact, small or big, when it's put to actionAa'ishah_Em
Some fear that failure to reach an agreement between the government and the Muslim Brotherhood will have dire consequences on the country.
@AJStream It might escalate into a civil war or at least a major divide, provoking unrest that will affect the country greatlyHabab Elkhalifa
@ajstream Incase Of Stalemate Egypt Is Facing Hard Times AheadOnyancha R Motanya
@AJStream what is happening and will continue to happen, mass civil unrest and incressing arrests and deaths. #endtheviolence #ajstream #msrSaf