Posted by Zubair Khan
Source: The Economist.
WITH angry crowds across the nation baying against him, Egypt’s president wagged his finger at the people in a late-night televised speech. He declared a curfew for some cities, he called for support for the police, he deployed the army to the streets. Seemingly as an afterthought, he added a conciliatory call for dialogue with his political opponents.
As on January 28th 2011, so on January 27th 2013. As with President Hosni Mubarak, so with President Muhammad Morsi. And in both cases to little effect. After both televised addresses vast throngs gleefully defied the curfew, freshly deployed soldiers ignored the revellers and the head of the army warned of a collapsing state, prompting rumours of an imminent coup. Opposition leaders demanded a government of national unity. Ordinary citizens braced for the unknown.