Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/16/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

New Egyptian government authorize police to use lethal force if endangered

Egyptian Islamists are at a loss as to what to do next in the wake of the biggest civilian massacre in recent history. At least 638 people are dead and 4,000 injured in clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and government forces. Many Islamist leaders are now in jail or have been rendered silent. Popular support for the Islamist cause, best personified by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood have failed to materialize.

At least 638 people are dead and 4,000 injured in clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and government forces.

At least 638 people are dead and 4,000 injured in clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and government forces.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/16/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Egypt, demonstrators, Islamists, Mulim Brotherhood, President Obama


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - More demonstrations are planned for later today after prayer. Cairo is currently under a "quiet before the storm," as the new Egyptian government have authorized the use of lethal force against protestors if they feel threatened.

In a makeshift morgue, some now speak of an impending civil war. Some have blamed members of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority for supporting the military takeover.

Many are now advocating the use of force. "The solution might be an assassination list ." a youthful protestor says. "Shoot anyone in uniform. It doesn't matter if the good is taken with the bad, because that is what happened to us last night."

Analysts say that the outcome of the internal Islamist debate may now be the most critical variable in deciding the next phase of the crisis. Egypt's military-backed government is adamant to demonize and repress the Islamists with a ruthlessness exceeding even that of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the autocrat who first outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood six decades ago.

How the Islamists respond will reshape both their movement and Egypt. The group may either resume the accommodationist tactics of the Muslim Brotherhood under former President Hosni Mubarak, or escalate their street protests despite continued casualties, or turn to armed insurgency as some members did in the 1990s.

Interrupting his vacation to address the bloodshed, U.S. President Barack Obama stopped short of suspending the $1.3 billion in annual American military aid to Egypt. Obama also canceled joint military exercises scheduled to take place in a few months.

"We've seen a more dangerous path taken through arbitrary arrests, a broad crackdown on Mr. Morsi's associations and supporters, and now tragically the violence that's taken the lives of hundreds of people and wounded thousands more." Obama added that "our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back."

The U.S. State Department has since issued an advisory warning United States citizens living in Egypt to leave "because of the continuing political and social unrest."

The military-appointed government in Cairo accused the United States of failing to grasp the nature of the "terrorist acts" it said Egypt is facing.

Interim Egyptian President, Adli Mansour says Obama's remarks "would strengthen the violent armed groups and encourage them in their methods inimical to stability and the democratic transition."

In Europe, some officials called for a suspension of aid by the European Union, and at least one member state, Denmark, cut off support. The British and French summoned their Egyptian ambassadors to condemn the violence.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Africa

'Hijarbie' becomes internet sensation Watch

Image of Hijarbie is meant to promote modesty and provide a role model for Muslim girls (Hijarbie/Instagram).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

One woman gained international attention after posting pictures of Barbie dressed in a hijab to her Instagram account. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - 2016 has been a big month for Barbie. First, she becomes available in variety of skin tones, heights and sizes, ... continue reading


Where are they going?: Number of ISIS fighters in Syria heavily drop Watch

Image of ISIS militants rise in Libya.

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The number of ISIS militants swarming Syria and Iraq is believed to have dropped from 19,000 to 25,000 fighters to 20,000 to 31,500, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. However, as the number of fighters lower in that area, it is doubling in Libya. ... continue reading


Horrific female genital mutilation continues to haunt over 200 million girls and women around the world Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Despite efforts from the United Nations to completely outlaw this horrible practice, Female Genital Mutilation continues to affect girls and women all around the world.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the UN Children's agency, 200 million females ... continue reading


Why is the USA dumping Gitmo terrorists in Africa? Ghana Bishops Conference asks tough questions nobody wants to answer Watch

Image of Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Bishop's Conference of Ghana is unhappy that the U.S. government has sent two known terrorists to their country. The bishops have sent a letter asking the government of Ghana to send the terrorists back to where they came from. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Boko Haram's horrific massacre leaves a trail of charred children's bodies Watch

Image of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared last year that Nigeria had

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram razed the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria this past weekend. Fifty people were killed - some of them children, when the group marched into the village and began shooting indiscriminately. Horrifying photos of charred ... continue reading


Women tricked into sex trafficking ... BY OTHER WOMEN Watch

Image of Women continue to be tricked into becoming victims of the sex trafficking industry (StopEnslavement.org).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Women are often duped by other women into believing there are job opportunities in Dubai. After paying a finder's fee to the "friends" who get them jobs, women travel to Dubai and learn that they were really sold as prostitutes. Their passports and return flight ... continue reading


South Sudan Needs Change NOW: Sudanese leaders must put their nation's interests before their own, bishop says Watch

Image of Sudan has been the scene of nearly continuous civil war since it gained independence in 1956 (Photo by Al Jazeera).

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale joined his brother prelates from South Sudan and Sudan for a time of rest and prayer in Rome last week, during which they were able to discuss key issues the two countries face, including decades of internal conflict and war. Rome, Italy ... continue reading


Libyan man executed by Islamic State for practicing acupuncture Watch

Image of Libyan Haaji Mohammed says that one of the men is his friend,

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The scene on the video is familiar, but no less horrific. Two men in orange jumpsuits kneel before a black-clad Islamic State executioner and have their heads cut off with a scimitar before a cheering crowd. Libyan Haaji Mohammed says that one of the men is his ... continue reading


Terrorist attacks at Burkina Faso luxury hotel foiled; security forces storm facility Watch

Image of A terrorist siege at a Burkina Faso luxury ended on Saturday after security forces stormed the building.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A terrorist siege at a Burkina Faso luxury ended on Saturday after security forces stormed the building. Twenty-eight people from 18 different nations died in the attack; the 156 people trapped in the hotel during the siege were freed and taken to safety. LOS ... continue reading


The world looks on as people in Africa continue to starve Watch

Image of People are starving to death while the world looks on (AFP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions in Ethiopia and South Sudan are victims of both drought and war, leaving most to starve. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ethiopia continues to suffer extreme droughts, doubling the number of people in need of help within a span of only three months, ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Paschal: Saint of the Day for Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Palm Sunday HD Video
  • Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey
  • Stations of the Cross - Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18
12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:20--6:2
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 10th, 2016 Image

St. Scholastica
February 10: St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, ... Read More