| Coup unravels: Rousing video of President Morsi in detention!

Leaked video captures Morsi in detention ~ MEMO, courtesy Al Watan.

Published by pro-coup Al Watan newspaper, 3 November 2013. Below is the transcript of the video.

Screenshot of Al-Watan's video of imprisoned President Morsi

‘For Egypt to become stable, remain strong, and its children possess their will, just as I used to say we want to produce our food, our medicine and our weapons and therefore possess our will. Israel would be of no value whatsoever should Egypt become like that’

(The coup) is legally a full-fledged crime. Hence, I am the president of the republic according to the existing constitution in the country (words missing), a blow to the institution. It turns upside down all institutional standards and the concept of institutionalism in legislation as well as in formation. We are in a state of a coup. I am a small price for something like this.

God, the Almighty, knows that I’m telling the truth in what I’m saying. What is happening is causing suffering for the country, for the whole of Egypt. (Omitted words.) This is not the time for talking about this matter. It will be when the right time comes. (Words omitted)

In the conflict between us and Israel what is going on is a fiasco. When will Egypt once again return to the situation where there is a separation of powers and where there will be freedom and genuine democracy? What is published in the newspaper is that some of the Arabs living in Jerusalem asked the Israeli authorities to name a street after Rabia, and that the Israeli authorities have fulfilled their demand; that which I have read in the news (then his words are omitted).

Does that mean that Israel is pleased with Rabia or displeased with Rabia (words are omitted). He would always search for a disaster, (incomprehensible words.) Perhaps time will prove that they stand behind this calamity in which we happen to be. I say perhaps, because I’m not absolutely sure, I don’t want to accuse anyone. Yet, what we are going through does of course serve Israel. (It would not please Israel)

For Egypt to become stable, remain strong, and its children possess their will, just as I used to say we want to produce our food, our medicine and our weapons and therefore possess our will. Israel would be of no value whatsoever should Egypt become like that. This Israel has no value whatsoever. Yet, so long as Egypt suffers from anxiety the enemy will benefit. That’s because we are weakening ourselves from within. We move forward a little then backward again. We walk forward a little then retreat. This will (eventually) move on.

Egypt’s generals ask for amnesty from Morsi ~ MEMO.Egyptian soldiers keeping eye on the streetsThe general said that this visit was part of an initiative which involves the military institution officially apologising to the president for all the offensive actions carried out by some of its 222 leaders.A group of generals in the Egyptian army, along with the leadership of a military services branch, have met with ousted President Mohamed Morsi to launch a campaign called the “Initiative of Repentance,” a senior source in the army said.Speaking to the Egyptian social news website Rassd, the source said that the initiative involves the military institution officially apologising to the president for all the offensive actions carried out by some of its 222 leaders.

The source was among the generals who secretly met with Morsi in his prison last week and preferred to remain anonymous. He reiterated that the offensive actions do not reflect the position of the overwhelming majority of the military institution’s leadership.

He said that some of the leaders were exploiting their political positions to maintain sovereignty over the military. These coup leaders, according to the source, reflected a “tainted mental image” about the army.

The initiative, according to the source, is aimed at regaining a “positive mental image” of the military institution by returning it back to carrying out its basic duties, namely securing Egypt and protecting its borders.

Rassd reported the source saying that Morsi welcome the initiative, but insisted that amnesty be given only to those leaders whose “hands were not tainted with the blood of Egyptians and those who did not incite violence.”

Morsi also demanded that the leaders who were involved in the coup on 3 July be prosecuted before military courts.

The source added that Morsi asked the delegation to prepare a vision for the military institution should the army return back to the military bases. The vision, Morsi said, should include details about promoting the army’s combative abilities.

Morsi’s advice was appreciated and the delegation promised to prepare this vision as soon as possible.


Morsi is the strongest, most legitimate person in this farcical trial ~

Abdel Bari Atwan, MEMO.

Abdel Bari AtwanPresident Mohamed Morsi proved in the dock, that he was at least morally stronger than his jailer, Colonel Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Perhaps the military rulers will realise, in the coming days that the presence of the elected president Mohamed Morsi, in the presidency cage would be much more merciful and less costly to them than his presence behind bars or standing in front of the comical courts’ judges. What happened yesterday morning during the short, private opening session is an indicator of this.

The military rulers, along with the Egyptian judicial system, should be the ones actually standing in the defendants’ dock, as well as the official and private media outlets. This regime, an extension of Mubarak’s regime, believed that overthrowing the elected president and putting him, along with most high and low ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders, behind bars would end the Egyptian crises and restore security, stability and prosperity to the country. What is actually happening is quite the opposite, despite the attempts to cover up and de-fraud at every level.

President Mohamed Morsi proved in the dock, that he was at least morally stronger than his jailer, Colonel Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the country and the leader of the Egyptian army. The ruling Egyptian regime seemed to be uncomfortable dealing with the trial and this situation; not only did they change the venue the day before, but seemed afraid to broadcast the trial live as Hosni Mubarak’s trial by Field Marshal Tantawi had been. They deployed 20,000 soldiers and 1,500 tanks to guard the building, as if they were going to war.

President Morsi has the right to declare, as he did during the first session in court, that he is “the President of the republic” and that those who should be tried were those who overthrew legitimacy, disrupted the people’s will and the rule of the ballot box in the first free presidential elections in Egypt’s history.

He also has the right to question a judiciary that has tried an elected president ousted by a military coup for fabricated crimes. A fair and independent judiciary should refuse to give up its neutrality and independence and oppose its politicisation.

President Morsi did not commit any criminal offenses punishable by law and if a crime was actually committed, the crime was against him and his colleagues because they wouldn’t “kill a fly”. It was their supporters who were killed, tortured and politically arrested, including those who were killed in cold blood in front of the Republican Guard’s headquarters, in Rabaa al-Adawiyya and al-Nahda squares. They were shot by security forces and the army, or crushed to death by tanks and bulldozers.

The charges against President Morsi are fabricated and the trial is purely political. To say that he incited murder is both distasteful and unconvincing. How could he have ordered the killing of demonstrators and protesters in front of his palace when his opponents were on the verge of breaking into the palace to kill him, forcing him to escape from a back door and 8 of the 10 victims were his supporters? How can he stand in the defendants’ dock on charges of incitement to murder, while those who actually murdered i.e. the Minister of Interior, have not been charged with anything, such as Habib el-Adli and his aides? What’s more is that they were the ones who committed massacres in the squares when they forcefully dispersed the protests with live ammunition.

Perhaps the most comical charge President Morsi faces is his conspiring with the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas. Since when has communicating with our resisting brothers become a crime worthy of condemnation and imprisonment? Didn’t President Mubarak’s regime and its figures communicate with Hamas and host its leaders in the most luxurious hotels in Egypt, rolling out the red carpet for them every time they landed at one of Egypt’s airports or crossings? Those of us who followed their trials did not hear of any of them being charged with conspiring with the movement, nor have we heard this mentioned in any of the Palestinian movement’s trials. If collaborating with Hamas is a crime, we must re-try Mubarak, the Arab League, and the old and new leaders of the Egyptian intelligence.

President Morsi is still the legitimate president of Egypt, whether or not we agree with him. If he made mistakes during his term or failed to save the country from crises, then he should be politically tried in the parliamentary and presidential elections, by the people, through the ballot box. His reign only lasted 12 months before the demonstrations, protests, sit-ins and the bullying by his opponents, the supporters of the former regime, who were determined to overthrow his rule and did not give him the opportunity to fix his mistakes or even catch his breath.

Those who deserve to be tried are the individuals who ousted the elected president, sent tanks and bulldozers to crush the peaceful protestors in the Rabaa al-Adawiyya and in front of the Republican Guard headquarters and turned Egypt into a military dictatorship. They took hold of the other’s opinions, silenced the media, and aborted freedom of expression, the most significant achievement of the great Egyptian revolution.

Egypt needs an extremely strong man, embodying a third option, to put an end to this absurdity and restore the country’s prestige and respect for legitimacy. He needs to lay the foundation for a true democracy based on national reconciliation and committed to coexistence and ending segregation. Without this, and in light of the vengeful conflicts we are currently witnessing, we do not think the country will experience stability any time soon.

This is a translation of the Arabic text published in El Shaab Newspaper on 4 October, 2013



| Egypt: Marking 60 Days Since the Bloody Military Coup!

Marking 60 Days Since the Bloody Military Coup ~ The Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance, The Muslim Brotherhood.

Sixty days of brutal, bloody coup have sent Egypt back to the dark pre-revolution days of military madness and police repression, killed innocent unarmed citizens, and ruined the economy.


The Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance presents here a brief analysis of the most important features of the July 3rd coup failure, on the political, economic and human rights levels:

1- The Political Level:
Political losses continue for Egypt, in spite of the campaigns of praise and misinformation conducted by the government and private media opposed to the January 25th revolution.
Egypt’s painful experiences during the past two months have affirmed that the coup has taken it back to times well before January 25th, to military control of all components of the state, just as the country had started on its way towards civilian rule through the election of a civilian president.
In the National Alliance’s view, the military coup dealt with Egyptian issues to the benefit of particular groups, which in the end became apparent as working towards the same goal of resurrecting the Mubarak regime in all its details.
            ⁃          This showed in the control of the cabinet by Mubarak figures, which was the starting point in exposing the coup supporters’ plan.  The cabinet represented the elderly generation instead of the 2011 revolution youth, which affirmed that the objective stated for June 30th – of giving the youth a role – was simply to take advantage of their emotions.
            ⁃          Then the list of new governors increased military control and killed Egyptians’ dreams of Egypt becoming a modern, democratic, civilian state.
            ⁃          Both cabinet and governor appointments also affirmed that what was said about fairness to women and their equality was only to similarly exploit their emotions, the emotions of half the society, who saw their presence in all formal institutions significantly decreased.
            ⁃          This was even more noticeable in the constitutional drafting committee, which saw objections from various segments of society.
            ⁃          Certainly more noticeable was that the drafting committee only served one political current, the leftist secularists, who want the Egyptian people to keep neither their values nor their morals.
In the view of the Alliance, what affirms the failure of the coup is:
            ⁃          the world refusing to admit it was a popular revolt,
            ⁃          the failure of all attempts by the coup regime to beautify this ugly putsch for world public opinion,
            ⁃          the failure to convince the African Union to end the suspension of Egypt’s membership,
            ⁃          and the failure of the coup regime to stop the Nahda Dam where, to the contrary, statements by the coup regime opened the door for Ethiopia to complete this project which threatens Egyptian national security.
            ⁃          Add to that the increasing international stances rejecting the coup, whether by withdrawing investments or reducing delegations, not to mention the warnings issued by various embassies to their citizens regarding the security and political situation in Egypt.
2- The Economic Level:
Under the coup regime, Egypt is facing an extremely dangerous economic situation resulting from the drop in foreign currency reserves, the rise in prices, the collapse of tourism and investment, the increase in unemployment, and the decision of a large number of factories and companies to stop working.
The coup regime has failed to present an economic vision, or a specific vision for monetary policy, through which it can face the increasing economic losses caused by the bloody coup.
The following is an account of the worsening economic situation during the first 60 days of the July 3rd coup regime:
            ⁃          Reduction of the annual raise for government employees to 10% from the 15% approved in the national budget.
            ⁃          Cancellation of the new pay structure for physicians approved by Dr. Hisham Qandil‘s government before the coup.
            ⁃          Cancellation of the new system for bread production, and for improved supplies introduced by Dr. Bassem Ouda, the Minister of Supply, during the last two months of Dr. Mohamed Morsi‘s tenure.
            ⁃          The failure of the coup government to provide supplies at their appointed times, affirming their complete failure to bear their responsibilities towards the Egyptian people.
            ⁃          Borrowing LE81.5 billion from the banks in the form of treasury notes during the first month of the coup.
            ⁃          The reduction of Egypt’s credit rating because of the poor economic situation in the country after the military coup.
            ⁃          The cessation of work on giant national projects initiated by President Mohamed  Morsi, such as the Suez Canal project, or the Qattara Depression project, known as the Golden Triangle.
            ⁃          The cessation of the IMF dialogue with Egypt regarding the loan, due to the lack of international recognition of the coup regime.
            ⁃          The closing in Egypt of offices and factories belonging to large international companies in protest of the coup, and the killing of civilians and unarmed, peaceful protestors.
            ⁃          The large German chemicals company, BASF, closing its offices and factories in Egypt.  They are the largest chemicals company in the world.
            ⁃          The closing by Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant, of its offices in Egypt, and the limiting of its travel to the country.  They are the largest European oil company.
            ⁃          The closing by General Motors of its auto assembly plants, and all its offices, in Egypt.
            ⁃          Swedish company Electrolux halting production in several factories in Egypt, in which 7000 Egyptian workers are employed.
            ⁃          Cessation of production in the first days of the coup by Czech synthetic textile manufacturer Pegas.
            ⁃          Numerous Turkish textile companies in Egypt halting production, as well as several companies in the food industry, including Yildiz Holding which employs thousands of Egyptian workers.
            ⁃          International tourism companies cancelling reservations for thousands of tourists, as well as halting all tours to Egypt, and closing their offices in Egypt.  Among them are TUI and Thomas Cook.  Also the leading Hungarian tourism company Best Reisen, which declared bankruptcy one month after the July 3rd coup, closing its offices and stranding hundreds of travellers in the Red Sea resorts.
3- The Human Rights Level:
Regarding general freedoms and human rights, Egypt has seen a clear, unprecedented regression in general and specific rights, where anyone who opposes or rejects the coup – regardless of political leaning or ideology – is labeled a terrorist, traitor, foreign agent or ‘immoral’.  A simple comparison shows that the first slogan of the January revolution, freedom, has seen a major setback, or even a deathblow, to the benefit of the putschists.
This also shows in media freedoms, which have disappeared from the current Egyptian scene.  All media personalities and journalists with dissenting views are in detention, are being chased, have been banned, or are missing.  The two months of the coup have seen the closing of numerous satellite channels opposing the coup, with security forces raiding their offices, seizing their equipment, and detaining and abusing their employees, as happened with Al-Jazeera, Al-Aqsa, Al-Quds, Al-Mayadeen, and the Anadolu Agency, not to mention the continued closing of channels opposed to the coup from its very first moments of presence in Egypt, against Egyptian will.  Add to this the targeting of journalists and media workers, leading to the deaths of many, and the detention of dozens of them, accompanied by a shameful silence on the part of the Journalists Syndicate, as well as human rights and media freedom organizations.
Transgressions by the coup on general freedoms and human rights were apparent in:
            ⁃          The detention of, and false accusations against, political figures opposing the military coup.
            ⁃          The killing of thousands and injury of tens of thousands in the massacres at the Republican Guard Officers’ Club, the Memorial, Ramses (the first time), Rabaa Al-Adaweya, Nahda, Ramses (the second time) and others.
            ⁃          The shuttering of satellite channels perceived to oppose the coup, the detention of dozens of journalists and media workers, on implausible trumped up charges, and the targeting of others by sniper fire during the performance of their professional duties.
            ⁃          Violating the sanctity of places of worship by shooting at and burning mosques, in addition to entering them with shoes.
            ⁃          Killing dozens in prisons.
            ⁃          The return of the state security apparatus and the ‘dawn visitors’.
            ⁃          Using internationally banned ammunition as well as military and police helicopters to kill peaceful protestors.
            ⁃          Detaining women and falsely accusing them.
            ⁃          Invading the homes of those opposing the coup, destroying their contents, stealing their money and valuables, among many other shameful actions.
            ⁃          Burning the injured and the bodies of the dead during the clearing of the Rabaa and Al-Nahda sit-ins.
            ⁃          Obstructing the issuance of death certificates for the martyrs who opposed the coup, and refusing to record the correct cause of death.
            ⁃          Hunting rights activists and detaining some detainees’ lawyers.
All this failure, among others, affirms without doubt that this coup will be defeated in the near future. This could not have happened but for the persistence of the true revolutionaries, their steadfastness, their insistence on reclaiming legitimacy, and their siding with the people’s will and the preservation of the gains of the January 25th revolution, the most important of which are freedoms and human rights, protecting them with all peaceful and legal means.
The Alliance calls on the great Egyptian people to continue their peaceful struggle to bring down this coup, to support legitimacy, and to reclaim the will of the people, their freedoms and all their rights.
The Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance
Cairo: September 3 , 2013



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| 63%: Report shows that most Egyptians oppose Morsi’s removal!

Report shows that most Egyptians oppose Morsi’s removal ~ MEMO.

Egyptian public opinion poll shows majority oppose the coup

The survey conducted by the Egyptian Center for Media Studies and Public Opinion concludes that 63% are against the coup (red), 26% support the coup (black), with 11% not giving an answer (yellow)
[Poll source: http://www.ecmeg.com/ (not baseera)]

A report from the Egyptian Centre for Media Studies and Public Opinion has revealed that most people in Egypt are opposed to the removal of President Mohamed Morsi from office. Only 26 per cent support the coup, with 63 per cent against it; 11 per cent of respondents did not give an opinion.

The questionnaire was based on a random sample of the Egyptian public. The Integration Egypt website said that the questionnaire’s credibility rate is more than 95 per cent.

The report’s authors said that the number of people who appeared to be anti-military coup is similar to the number who backed the Constitution in the referendum held last year. This suggests, says the report, that Morsi’s support in the country has not been affected negatively by media propaganda. The dominant pro-coup media claim that most Egyptians support Morsi’s removal.

Commenting on the demographic distribution of the pro- and anti Morsi camps, the centre said that those who are pro-coup tend to live in Greater Cairo. In Upper Egypt, the figure against the coup rises to 83 per cent, but in Cairo it is just over half, at 52.8 per cent.

Of those who still support Morsi, 91 per cent say that the coup is an attempt to eradicate the “Islamic political project”; 86 per cent believe that he is still the country’s legal president, regardless of his political or religious background. Sixty-nine percent support Morsi because they do not want a return of the Mubarak regime in all but name; 57 per cent are opposed to military rule.

Those who are pro-coup appear to be divided in their reasoning. Sixty-six per cent wanted to overthrow the president in order to “regain” the civilian identity of Egypt, whereas 45 per cent backed the coup because they support military rule.




| Egypt ‘must be one body’ – new Egyptian ‘leader!’

Egypt ‘must be one body’ – new Egyptian leader ~ Jon Snow, Channel 4 News.
In a world in which a quarter of all the Arabs on earth live in Egypt, what’s happening in that country tonight is of critical interest. Krishnan will be anchoring, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman reporting – and he has the first foreign interview with the country’s interim president Adly Mansour, who told Channel 4 News that the Egyptian people have “had enough of division” and must be “one body” to build a democratic nation. The military, which has a huge interest in the country’s economy, ranging from the ownership of tourist hotels, to brickworks, now have their hands around the throat of the Egyptian constitution. They also have the erstwhile president Mr Morsi under arrest.The new president, who is the head of the constitutional court, only became a member of it four days ago – it has all the ring of even tighter military control. No-one ever thought the army would relinquish its controlling interest in the economy for long. The question now is whether they continue to sustain what is clearly a military coup, even if dressed in constitutional clothing. We will be reporting on the latest, the scenes on the streets, attempting to analyse who supports and who rejects what has happened, and discussing the recent importance of the street in the Arab Spring.
Watch the first foreign interview with Egypt’s new interim president>





| Sen. Leahy: US aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

Key U.S. Democratic senator sees review of Egypt aidReuters,

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Wednesday that his panel would review the $1.5 billion in annual assistance the country sends to Egypt in the wake of the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

“Egypt’s military leaders say they have no intent or desire to govern, and I hope they make good on their promise,” Leahy said in a statement. “In the meantime, our law is clear: U.S. aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jackie Frank)


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