View Full Version : "The events in Egypt, can only be a good change"

09-13-2011, 05:22 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The events in Egypt, can only be a good change, IMO.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 11pt'>The authorities in Egypt have widened emergency laws and clamped down on the press</span>...

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in power during a promised transition to elected rule, said on Sunday night that it was widening emergency legislation to cover a range of “threats to public order” including “attacks on the freedom to work” – code for strikes – and the deliberate dissemination of rumours and false information.</span>

“The most dangerous thing is that they have <span style='font-size: 11pt'>amended the emergency law to cover what they consider crimes committed by journalists,” said Gamal Fahmy, a board member of the journalists union. “The text is vague and can stretch to cover all sorts of criticism of the authorities.”</span>

The reactivation of the emergency law came hours after <span style='font-size: 11pt'>a police raid on the offices of an Egypt-focused television channel launched after the revolution by Qatar-based Al Jazeera television. The channel was taken off the air</span> and the authorities said it was operating without a licence. ...

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>“It is an attempt to regain control of the situation using the same security methods for which President Mubarak was criticised. In my view this reflects a state of confusion.”</span>

The moves by the council have further fuelled rumours during a period of political opacity. Some Egyptians speculate that, contrary to what they have announced, the military do not want to leave power.

But analysts say the army commanders, all of whom are Mubarak appointees, do not want to be lumbered by the day to day running of the country. They are more likely to prefer a credible elected government within a system in which they can maintain some leverage on the broad political direction of the country.

Mr Fahmy argues that repression is unlikely to work after the revolt which toppled Mr Mubarak.

“They [the council] are opting for the easy solution which is reviving Mubarak’s methods, but society has changed and now people are certain of their power. They can go out on the streets again to remind those who have forgotten that they carried out a revolution.”</div></div>

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