Update: On Wednesday July 3, 2013 Egyptian military leaders ousted elected Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and his party ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’. After days of mass protests in Cairo, most notably millions gathering in Tahrir Square, the disdain towards Mursi culminated in Wednesday’s Coup. Military leaders are now in charge of Egypt; “What all of us want is the social justice for every man and woman…” stated opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei in a press conference shortly after Egyptian celebrations began.
On Friday June 28th…“The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Egypt to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time due to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest.”
The advisory was issued due to rising tensions in Egypt throughout the past weeks. Discontent between the Egyptian people and their leader, President Mohamed Mursi, has led to erupting violence. On Friday, Andrew Driscoll Pochter, a 21 year-old American student from Maryland was stabbed to death in the streets of Alexandria, Egypt. Pochter was spending his summer teaching English to children in Egypt with an American Educational non-profit organization, and merely a bystander to a protest.
Dr. Mursi and his political party the Muslim Brotherhood have recently battled political unrest and resistance from within the state due to the reigning party’s blatant rejection of transparency and outreach with the Egyptian public. Egyptians are mobilizing for what is expected to be the most significant anti-Mursi demonstrations as of yet, planned for today, Sunday June 30th, 2013.
Past protests have resulted in deaths, injuries and extensive property damage; today’s mass gathering aimed at forcing President Mursi out of office, is slated to take form in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and outside the Presidential Palace. Mursi and the Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda has been accused of ignoring the religious diversity in Egypt with the Decree of the Islamist Constitutional text referendum, the failure to tackle the economic crisis and the President’s inability to have consensus with the International Monetary Fund for a multi- billion dollar loan to restore confidence in the Egyptian market.
The efforts to topple President Mursi and his party the Muslim Brotherhood come with much anticipation, as discontent has been flooding the streets since late 2012, when Egyptians realized their expectations of Dr. Mursi being a President for the people had failed.