Issued: 14 August 2013


The Media Review Network (MRN) is deeply alarmed at the bloody attempt by the Egyptian military to crush all voices of opposition to the July 3rd coup that saw the disposition of the democratically elected President, Mohammed Morsi. The coup was a calculated and well orchestrated plot to oust him.

There is no parallel in modern history to the recent events in Egypt. Within a year of the introduction of democracy, the world witnessed the reversal and invalidation of these fledgling democratic institutions. This setback is the result of the active scheming and subversive action by counter-revolutionaries or Mubarak- loyalists and corrupt oligarchs.

In the latest challenge to its coup d’etat,  the military, backed by the US and regional Arab allies, dispersed the demonstrators at Nasr City by using excessive force which saw hundreds killed and many more injured. This attack on peaceful pro-Morsi demonstrators is further evidence that the Military, headed by the pro-Mubarak General Al- Sisi, is determined to forfeit all democratic principles and re-introduce autocratic Mubarak-style oppression, foreign intervention and corruption.

Soon after the coup, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates pledged billions of dollars in support of the interim government headed by the military leader General Abdel Fattah Al -Sisi. It is wrong for these regional countries, supported by Israel, the EU and the US to interfere in the politics of a sovereign country. This has led to polarization and military violence.

The MRN urges the South African Government and the African Union to prevail on the Military rulers in Egypt to stop the massacre and allow the democratic process to run its course by releasing the democratically elected Morsi from detention and restore him as head of state. This is an absolute necessity and will herald the beginning of the return to civilian rule.

Ibrahim  Vawda
Senior Researcher
Media Review Network
Tel No: 011 837 3220
Email: webmaster@mediareviewnet.com

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