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Egyptians Have to Fight for Their Freedom Once Again

By November 29, 2012

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egyptDemocracy is not in full bloom in the post-Arab Spring Egypt.

Mohamed Morsi, the first president democratically elected after the revolution, last week issued a declaration giving him broad, sweeping powers over the country's judiciary and oversight bodies.

Cue the return to Tahrir Square, where Egyptians similarly had to go to toss out the last guy: Hosni Mubarak.

An update from Al-Ahram:

Leftist, liberal, and independent political forces met Thursday at the headquarters of Egypt's Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) to comment on the current political crisis and planned weekend protests.

The protests were called for in a number of governorates to demand Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi to withdraw a controversial constitutional declaration he announced last week.

The declaration gives him sweeping powers and shields the Constituent Assembly - tasked with drafting the new constitution - and Shura Council (Egypt's upper house of parliament) from being dissolved.

Both bodies are accused of being unrepresentative of Egyptians at large and dominated by Islamist groups.

Attendees of the meeting included members of the SPAP, the Constitution Party, the Popular Current movement, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Free Egyptians Party, the Free Egypt Party, the 6 April Youth Movement, National Front for Justice and Democracy, Lotus Revolution Coalition and Maspero Youth Coalition, among others.

In a joint press statement released after the meeting, attendees called on Egyptians nationwide to take to the streets on Friday in planned demonstrations to demand that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi reverse last week's "authoritarian" presidential decree.

Morsi's decisions are protected from judicial oversight by his constitutional declaration.

"The only way to break the current impasse is to listen to the pulse of the street, as opposed to following a group that has attempted to steal the revolution," the statement read.

They further called on protesters to avoid clashing with pro-Morsi rallies by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties on Saturday, which were originally planned to be held in the same location as a sit-in by groups opposing the declaration, Cairo's Tahrir Square.

The birth of democracy naturally has its struggles, especially when you have some groups wanting to replace dictatorship with another form of repression.


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