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Mar2: #Egypt Heading Towards Civil War? .. opposition planning to boycott April elections

#Egypt Heading Towards Civil War? .. opposition planning to boycott April elections
Mar 2nd 2013, 23:55

Zeinobia ‏@Zeinobia Is Egypt Heading Towards Civil War? http://thebea.st/Wv7kj9  via@thedailybeast  Expand   Reply   Retweet   Favorite  Buffer    More Is Egypt Heading Towards Civil War? By Mike Giglio @mike_giglio With the opposition planning to boycott April elections and demanding for Morsi to be overthrown, the country's Islamists are warning of dark consequences if democracy is thwarted. Mike Giglio... Egyptian protesters taunt security forces during clashes with riot police, not seen, near Tahrir Square in Cairo last month. (Khalil Hamra/AP) Across Cairo, in the upscale suburb of Heliopolis, thousands of demonstrators had surged past a military barricade and up to the walls of the presidential palace. Abdel Hamid and his colleagues believed that the country's opposition planned to storm the palace and overthrow Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's Islamist president. If that happened, Abdel Hamid says, Islamists were prepared to take the country back by force. They'd stop playing by the rules of Egypt's democratic experiment and impose their vision of religious rule. The first step would be to take over the airwaves and declare that the battle had begun. "I was happy and sad," Abdel Hamid remembers. "I was sad about the situation the country would have been taken to—to this point where we were clashing with one another. But at the same time, I was happy we were so close to announcing the Islamic State. So it was like, OK, go ahead." In the end, the night concluded peacefully. The protesters left the palace, and Abdel Hamid and his colleagues returned to the original focus of their sit-in, protesting what they saw as unfair coverage of the anti-Morsi demonstrations. But the specter of political violence continues to loom over Egypt. On one side, the country's opposition forces are pushing for a so-called revolution against Morsi. On the other, Morsi's Muslim...

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