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Open Phones: Egyptians on the Anti-Morsi Protests

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

An Egyptian protester stands amongst smoke and tear gas during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square on January 27, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Ed Giles/Getty)

We open the phones for Egyptian listeners to discuss the latest protests against President Morsi. What kind of reflections do you have on his election now? How do you feel about having this elected president hand over power to the military?

Call 212-433-WNYC, or leave a comment below.

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Comments [19]

Report: 100 Women Sexually Assaulted during Anti-Morsi Protest
Mobs sexually assaulted and in some cases raped at least
91 women in Tahrir Square amid climate of impunity says Human Rights says.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4400527,00.html

Rape with Impunity in Egypt's Tahrir Square

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZmdhwd3axw

Jul. 03 2013 08:51 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

How about applying Jefferson's Checks and Balances to Egyptian "Democracy"?

Then Muslim Brotherhood dictator Morsi has to answer to the people and the Legislature.

Jul. 03 2013 11:33 AM
fuva from harlemworld

@ sp from nyc:

Given the status quo in this country,
you comment is a bit provocative, no?

Jul. 03 2013 11:28 AM
PJ from NJ

Always interesting to hear people who ran away from their countries for whatever reason prescribe chaos from the comforts of their new homes. That is not courageous in my view.

Jul. 03 2013 11:27 AM
Asaf soof from Union Sq

One more prof that the Palestinian Israeli clash was never about saving the PALs but rather the wish of Arab regimes to scare their people away from the Israeli democracy supported by a then totalitarian USSR. Those two aligned against Israel and preached against Israeli supposedly in the name of PALs but really to terrorize their people - what is the upshot of this.
Arab nations need to realize that their responsibility is to allow PALs to integrate into their countries and give Israel some peace. we can teach them how to operate a democracy.

Jul. 03 2013 11:26 AM
fuva from harlemworld

This caller talking about Mubarak is thinking simplistically. Egyptians can kick out the Mubarak tyrant and still, legitimately, not want to tolerate Morsi's nonsense. Even if they should proceed cautiously, there aren't just two choices here. Shituation is complex, as this country's formative history showed...

Jul. 03 2013 11:25 AM
Joyce from NYC

There seems to be some confusion on the part of the host:

Might Morsi become a dictator? HE ALREDY IS A DICTATOR!!!!!!

An Islamic democracy. WHAT!!!!!!!!!

Jul. 03 2013 11:21 AM

Exactly! Good for you caller! This is a democracy in its infancy. Let them throw him out - squabble and squabble - just like most democracies do initially. Add a dose of the middle east and things will be fluid for awhile.

Jul. 03 2013 11:20 AM
YIKES!!!

And speaking of Germans - Joyce have you seen the brilliant movie caled the Lives of Others?

Jul. 03 2013 11:19 AM
Yikes

Brian!

This is so naïve! You really need to go on assignment unprotected for a long period of time to get it. how the world works outside the US and Canada. And how can you even think about judging other people? Very provincial mind, no idea of other languages

Jul. 03 2013 11:17 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Thanks, Egyptian caller, for bringing Egyptian history to bear on the current conflict. It DOES matter.
And those who understand this, will at least understand your impatience with those who tell you to "wait" while you suffer.

Jul. 03 2013 11:15 AM

Brian - please. Why not vote him out? Someone who seized powers and screwed with the constitution? Perhaps this is just their way, in the throes of a revolution, to impeach him.

There's a revolution going on. This is no time for "can't we all just get along?"

Americans are so comfortable with their platitudes, iphones and term limits.

It's a revolution Brian - and it's not even that bloody.

Remember 1776? And...and...and...

Playing devils advocate. Please - you silly boy, you.

Jul. 03 2013 11:13 AM
sp from nyc

I am not Egyptian, but if our government were taken over by religious zealots who lied about their intentions, shut out all other voices, hijacked the constitutional process, destroyed civil rights, undermined the economy, then YES, I would trust the US military more than such fanatics destroying the very possibility of a democratic future.

Jul. 03 2013 11:13 AM
sp from nyc

I am not Egyptian, but if our government were taken over by religious zealots who lied about their intentions, shut out all other voices, hijacked the constitutional process, destroyed civil rights, undermined the economy, then YES, I would trust the US military more than such fanatics destroying the very possibility of a democratic future.

Jul. 03 2013 11:13 AM
sp from nyc

I am not Egyptian, but if our government were taken over by religious zealots who lied about their intentions, shut out all other voices, hijacked the constitutional process, destroyed civil rights, undermined the economy, then YES, I would trust the US military more than such fanatics destroying the very possibility of a democratic future.

Jul. 03 2013 11:13 AM
sp from nyc

I am not Egyptian, but if our government were taken over by religious zealots who lied about their intentions, shut out all other voices, hijacked the constitutional process, destroyed civil rights, undermined the economy, then YES, I would trust the US military more than such fanatics destroying the very possibility of a democratic future.

Jul. 03 2013 11:13 AM
sp from nyc

I am not Egyptian, but if our government were taken over by religious zealots who lied about their intentions, shut out all other voices, hijacked the constitutional process, destroyed civil rights, undermined the economy, then YES, I would trust the US military more than such fanatics destroying the very possibility of a democratic future.

Jul. 03 2013 11:13 AM
Joyce from NYC

Great idea Brian. And we might have told the Germans -- hey, just vote Hitler out of office at the next election.

If only the military would have intervened to remove Hitler

Jul. 03 2013 11:10 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Like it or not, he was democratically elected and should be allowed to serve out his term and then STEP DOWN!

Jul. 03 2013 11:03 AM

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