The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Egypt’s Morsi declares ‘state of emergency‘” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/01/2013127195926600436.html
“Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (Morsy) has declared a 30-day state of emergency and a night-time curfew in three cities along the Suez Canal that have seen DEADLY CLASHES in recent days” as if we need ANY MORE “deadly clashes”
“In a televised address late on Sunday (January 27, 2013), Morsi said the emergency measures in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez would take effect on Monday (January 28, 2013) from 9:00pm local time (19:00 GMT) to 6:00am (04:00 GMT January 29, 2013), warning that MORE ACTION would be taken to stem the latest eruption of violence across much of the country“. “I have said I am AGAINST ANY emergency measures but I have said that IF I must STOP BLOODSHED and PROTECT THE PEOPLE (?), then I will act“. So Morsy plans to “stop bloodshed” WITH MORE “bloodshed”/HEAVY-HANDEDNESS
“people in Port Said chanted as the coffins of those killed on Saturday (January 26, 2013) were carried through the streets”, “DOWN, DOWN Morsi, DOWN DOWN the regime that KILLED and TORTURED us!” This is no surprise given that these cries have been going on since the MUBARAK regime.
“In Port Said, Al Jazeera‘s Rawya Rageh said military helicopters that had been overhead during the funeral could also be heard during Morsi’s speech”. “I DON’T see how these decisions will instill ANY confidence in the people“, “referring to the president’s decision to impose a (actually ANOTHER) state of emergency” obviously. “She said that immediate reaction in Port Said was one of MOCKERY and SKEPTICISM with many asking why the three canal cities had been SINGLED OUT” or TARGETED. “The people [in Port Said] feel that there was A COMPLETE STATE OF COLLAPSE, especially after riots today (January 28 2013), particularly with TEAR GAS being fired into THE FUNERALS“. This is an attack on HUMAN DIGNITY.
“Several hundred people protested in Ismailia, Suez and Port Said after the announcement”.
“Activists in the three cities PLEDGED TO defy the curfew in protest at the decision”. This has already occurred (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/01/20131281468917495.html).
“On Sunday night (January 27, 2013), Morsi’s office issued a statement inviting political supporters and opponents for a national dialogue on Monday (January 28, 2013) at 6:00pm (16:00 GMT) at the presidential palace in Cairo”.
“The spokesman for Egypt’s main opposition coalition said after Morsi’s speech that the move was “expected” and said he wanted more details about an invitation for dialogue with top politicians”. IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY that this “dialogue” will produce/yield any MEANINGFUL results/achieve ANYTHING MEANINGFUL.
“Dawoud (first name not given) told the Reuters news agency” “Of course, we feel (that) the president is missing THE REAL PROBLEM ON THE GROUND which is HIS OWN POLICIES. His call to IMPLEMENT EMERGENCY LAW was an expected move given what is going on, namely THUGGERY and CRIMINAL ACTIONS“. This, again, IS NO DIFFERENT from what went on under MUBARAK.
“Hamdeen Sabahy, a leftist politician and opposition leader, said that he WOULD NOT attend ANY negotiations “unless THE BLOODSHED STOPS and THE PEOPLE’S DEMANDS ARE MET“. Well, NEITHER OF THESE DEMANDS are being met..
“Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader of the NSF, said in a statement on Twitter that the dialogue was “a waste of time“. This is legit. However, ElBaradei is acting like MONA ELTAHAWY by acting like an Egyptian when he really is a foreigner like MONA ELTAHAWY is really from NEW YORK and LONDON INSTEAD OF Cairo.
Finally, “Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch in Cairo said a state of emergency reintroduced laws that gave police sweeping powers of arrest “purely because [people] LOOK SUSPICIOUS“. This is JAN BREWER and JOHN MCCAIN‘s formula specifically McCain who has a “Complete the danged fence” policy (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKT1maQPkxg). “It is a classic KNEE-JERK REACTION to think (that) the emergency law will help bring security“. “knee-jerk reactions” of course are IMPULSIVE, reactions which ARE NOT thought through/carefully considered. “It gives so much discretion to the Ministry of the Interior that it ends up CAUSING MORE ABUSE which in turn CAUSES MORE ANGER“, an emotion that we certainly DON’T need any more of because there is MORE THAN ENOUGH “anger” to go round.
This is yet another easy conclusion. “(declaring states) of emergency” or martial law is how dictators hang onto power and MORSY IS A DICTATOR, EVEN THOUGH HE CLAIMS OTHERWISE/NO MATTER HOW HARD HE TRIES TO FIGHT THIS NOTION. So this was HARDLY UNEXPECTED. Actually, this was IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).