Notes on the #occupycabinet protest
Above, Jonathan Rachad's photography of the recent protests.
Some good narratives of the days of fighting:
- Friday Dec. 16: Egypt military attacks Occupy Cabinet protesters: Updates from the day - Ahram
- Saturday Dec. 17: Egyptian Soldiers, Protesters Continue To Clash : NPR
- Tuesday Dec. 20: Security forces kill 4 in morning attack on Tahrir, says doctor - Ahram
Extremely graphic video of treatment of wounded, dying.
Al Jazeera English report by Sherine Tadros on the violence and SCAF's press conference.
Possibilities of a political solution:
There have been various initiatives to obtain a ceasefire between protestors and the armed forces, but to no avail. A number of public personalities are now gravitating towards another option: moving presidential elections even earlier to get SCAF out of power as soon as possible. A Facebook campaign has been started and obtained the backing of various personalities. The former prime minister, Essam Sharaf, is also backing earlier presidential elections (I say "earlier" because in mid-November, after the Mohammed Mahmoud St. clashes, they were just moved from sometime in 2013 to June 2012).
Most political parties have remained silent on this matter. The Muslim Brotherhood has issues a series of messages condemning the clashes and the military's behavior, but only issued a vague call for investigations. Mohammed Beltagi of the FJP has however gone further in his critique and suggested a handover of SCAF's power to parliament instead of a presidential election (obviously this benefits them). Abu Ela Madi, the head of the al-Wassat Party (MB dissidents), has resigned from the SCAF's consultative council (he was deputy head) along with 10 other personalities and is now joining calls for SCAF to step down as soon as possible.
- Emad Effat, Shaykh of Egyptian Revolution, Shot Dead During Protest | Politics | Religion Dispatches
- CairObserver — Destruction Alert: Institut d'Egypte burned
- Amid street clashes, civilians coordinate to rescue rare documents | Al-Masry Al-Youm
- The Frankenstein of Tahrir Square - By Steven A. Cook | Foreign Policy
- Activists report interior minister, two SCAF leaders to prosecutor general - Ahram
- Egypt activists call for Friday demo against military rule - Ahram
- I won't stop aiding revolutionaries, Egyptian publisher tells SCAF - Ahram (on Muhammad Hashem)
- Eyewitnesses confirm snipers shooting in Tahrir Square | Al-Masry Al-Youm
- A look back at Egypt's military violence | Al-Masry Al-Youm