Egyptian military deposes President Morsi to celebrations from anti-government protesters
- Year: 2013
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In Egypt, crowds erupted in celebration in Tahrir square after military leaders announced a “road map” to transition the country from the leadership of President Mohamed Morsi. Fireworks exploded, green laser lights bounced off building walls, and Morsi opponents danced and waved flags. This evening, local time, after much speculation, the military announced it dissolved the constitution and said the Chief Justice was temporarily taking over presidential authority. Massive protests took place throughout Egypt all day, by both Morsi supporters and opponents. Some violence over the last 24 hours led to an estimated 18 killed and 200 injured, according to the Health Ministry. FSRN reached journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, correspondent for "Democracy Now!" and a fellow at the Nation Institute, earlier today in Cairo. He described the huge crowds in Tahrir Square.
Egypt’s military had imposed a 48-hour deadline that expired today for Morsi to respond to the opposition. Last night, Morsi delivered an address, reminding his opponents that he was democratically elected and warned that his forced removal could lead to more violence. Today, Morsi issued a statement which said, “The Presidency's vision includes the formation of a coalition government that would manage the upcoming Parliamentary electoral process, and the formation of an independent committee for constitutional amendments to submit to the upcoming parliament.” Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have called the military’s actions a coup. Freedom and Justice Party leader Mohamed Beltagy, heard through an interpreter on Al Jazeera.
“It is known to all that we have never been a party to any confrontation or engagement...it is nothing short of a coup against legitimacy.”
In the thick crowds that have gathered in Tahrir Square, women are also increasingly reporting harassment and sexual assault. Mobs have sexually assaulted or raped at least 91 women in Tahrir Square in the past four days, according to rights groups and monitors in Cairo. The group Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault confirmed 46 attacks just on June 30th, the day of the biggest protests. Group members say that as of yesterday, they intervened to protect more than 30 women being assaulted. Four needed medical assistance, two had to be evacuated by ambulance. In its suspension of the country’s constitution, the military also said plans would begin soon for a new presidential election.