Only a man like the late South African leader Nelson Mandela could bring about reconciliation of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government of Egypt and could prevent the country from sliding into a lengthy conflict, says journalist and author Hugh Miles.
Egyptian people believe the labeling of the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist, the imprisoning of protest leaders, and the crackdown on dissent, has returned the country to a police state worse than under Mubarak, journalist Shahira Amin told RT.
The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has intensified, with the government formally listing the group as a terrorist organization and accusing it of being behind a recent suicide attack that killed 16 people.
Egyptian police have arrested the former prime minister under ex-President Mohamed Morsi. Hisham Qandil was arrested in the desert outside of Cairo while trying to escape to Sudan with a smuggler, the Interior Ministry stated.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi condemned explosions early Tuesday at a police headquarters in Mansoura that killed at least 14 as an act of terrorism, vowing to “pursue the criminals who executed, planned and supported that attack.”
Egyptian police have used tear gas to quash numerous protests across the country, arresting dozens of people rallying against the military rule and recently passed legislation outlawing spontaneous rallies near places of worship.
Syrian membership in the Arab League will be resumed immediately after an agreement is reached at the Geneva-2 peace talks and certain changes take place, the organization’s Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said in an exclusive interview with RT.
Police fired tear gas and used batons to beat back stone throwing protesters in Cairo on Saturday, as Egypt’s constitutional panel began voting on a new constitution’s final draft, amid fears that one of its laws may curb the right to peaceful protest.