Violence and terrorism in Egypt – Worrying signs

English: View from Cairo Tower

English: View from Cairo Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new and worrying form of violence has erupted in Egypt.  With an bomb exploding at the security HQ in Cairo, it is clear that the overthrow of the Islamist government is having profound consequences for the security of the country.  Interim president Adli Mansour’s spokesman, Ahmed El-Muslimani, described it as a “terrorist attack”.  Targeting police forces seems to suggest that we are entering a stage of reciprocal violence, which will be used as a  justification to stop moves towards democratic change.  The military will use this as a demonstration of violence to justify further counter-productive tactics of killing people on the streets of Cairo.  The police, who were also targeted by a bomb at the weekend in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, will use it as a reason to escalate the violence against Islamists.

The muslim brotherhood has denied any involvement in the bombing and warned of “an apparent plan by security and intelligence agencies to plot violent attacks to terrorise citizens and then attempt to link these incidents to the peaceful protesters”.  However, with many of the Brotherhoods senior official under military detention, it is clear that the Brotherhood has little control over those representing them in street protests – 11 of which have now been killed.

Whilst there have been calls from the Mansour government to hold talks between the country’s political camps, the Brotherhood has said it will not attend and the Nour party is undecided.  What is clear however, is that with 44% of Egyptians unable to name Mr Mansour as the president, his government is facing a legitimation crises already – bombings across the country will do little to help his government find order peacefully, and they will do little for the prospects and prosperity of Egypt.


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