Tensions are running hot in Egypt. Last week, when President Mohamed Morsi issued a new decree declaring himself pharaoh, Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo, and once again set up tents to occupy Tahrir Square, signifying their rejection of this Mubarak-like power grab. Their numbers reportedly swelled to over 200,000 on Tuesday and with more mass demonstrations expected to take place tomorrow, the following statement by the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood probably won’t go over too well:
We invite all our people, all parties and national forces keen to achieve the demands of the revolution, to participate in a “Legitimacy and Sharia” million-man march and rally on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Tahrir Square – to support the legitimacy of the elected president, and to protect the gains of the revolution.
Earlier in the week, the Muslim Brotherhood called off a similar action to avoid violent confrontations, but apparently they’ve changed their mind. To recap: that’s two very impassioned adversaries converging on one square. What can go right?
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