Workers Communist Party of Denmark (APK): The military takes power in Egypt: The “democratic” coup of imperialism

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Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: The millitary is in power again

In the West the military coup in Egypt is being praised as ”democratic” and it is being supported by the pro-western forces in the Egyptian “opposition” to the deposed president Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood. But it has no plans to meet the demands of the Egyptian popular rising.

The Danish media continues to present the coup in Egypt as anything but a military coup. If it is called a coup, then it is “a democratic coup” or “the people’s coup”.

The fact is, that the pro-American Egyptian army, that created and kept the hated Mubarak in power, with the Minister of Defence and the Supreme Commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the front, has taken the power again with a classical military coup. The army has taken control with the key positions of the society.

The military has appointed the leader of the country’s Constitutional Court, the 68-year old Adly Mansour, as interim president. The constitution of Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood has been suspended.

The Brotherhood’s president Mursi and his closest associates are under house arrest. A veritable hunt on its leaders and other islamists is going on. Some have been arrested. Employees on Muslim TV-stations like Al Jazeera have been arrested.

There is no doubt, that the Muslim Brotherhood, which still is organized for illegality, and other islamistic forces are preparing resistance. The army has warned, that it will crack down hard on “troublemakers”.

The coup follows after three days with gigantic popular protests that reminded one of the atmosphere from the uprising in 2011 and demanded Mursi’s resignation. His unilaterally religious-based policy and constitution has split the country and hasn’t met the basal popular demands.

American and western imperialism counted on an agreement with Mursi about sharing the power and the influence in Egypt against the revolutionary mass movement. But especially Mursi’s uncompromising attitude has led to the army’s intervention, before the mass movement could present a regular leadership alternative.

Mursi refused an offer about a compromise with the ”opposition” and the army, USA and the West terminated the “contract”.

The American-educated al-Sisi was a year ago appointed as head of the army by Mursi himself. Up to the coup al-Sisi led talks with the American administration and its handpicked president candidate El Baradei, leader of the pro-western opposition and the so-called National Salvation Front.

The German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle praises the coup as a ”safeguarding of democracy”. The American president is more cautious and calls for a fast establishment of a civilian regime. He has also spoken out against ”arbitary arrests” of Mursi’s supporters, which are a significant political and popular actor on the Egyptian scene. Villy Søvndal [1] echoes.

The stage is set for a roadmap for ”new democratic elections” under the army’s control, that leads to a new president and a new constitution. El Baradei is the front candidate as a frontman for a pro-western ”democratic” regime hand in hand with the powerful millitary and USA and EU.

It is anything but a plan for ensuring the demands of the real democratic and revolutionary popular movement.

The Netpaper 4. July 2013

[1] Foreign Minister of Denmark

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