Is Morsi Betraying Egypt’s Revolution?

On Tuesday, November 27, tens of thousands of Egyptians filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the streets of Alexandria, Suez, Luxor and cities all over the country to protest a decree granting President Mohamed Morsi sweeping constitutional powers.

In Cairo, those who massed around a small tent city in Tahrir shouted “Leave, leave!”, “Bring down the regime!” and “The people want to bring down the regime!”, chants echoing those of almost two years ago, when eighteen days of demonstrations led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

As one protester, Ahmed Husseini, said to Reuters, “We don’t want a dictatorship again. The Mubarak regime was a dictatorship. We had a revolution to have justice and freedom.”

Lawyers, journalists, Nobel Peace prize laureate Mohammed El-Baradei and other opposition figures joined the demonstrations. Security forces responded with tear gas and one protester has died.

Morsi Decrees Far-Reaching Powers For Himself

Morsi was elected president this past June. Previous parliamentary elections in January had resulted in a majority of delegates going to Islamists including members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and also to ultra-conservative Salafists.

Liberals and other parties have been so far unable to coalesce into a unified opposition. Women had won only a very few seats in the parliamentary elections. The Islamists’ prevailing in those elections, and Morsi’s victory, have led many to question what the future for women’s rights in Egypt will be.

Last Thursday, November 22, in an announcement that was a surprise to his own cabinet of ministers, Morsi announced a “constitutional declaration” under which no party can rescind his decrees and under which judges cannot dissolve the assembly that is charged with creating a new constitution. Morsi was also granted the power to take whatever measures he deems necessary to preserve the revolution and national unity and to safeguard national security.

Afterwards, violence broke out throughout Egypt and, in some places, Muslim Brotherhood offices were vandalized.

On Monday, November 26, Morsi sought to defuse the growing crisis by saying that the decree granting him new powers was limited in scope and restricted only to “sovereign matters.” But in truth, he actually made no concessions and did not change anything of substance in the decree. Egypt’s union of judges, the Judges Club, has been still suspended working in the courts, saying that Morsi’s statement is “worthless.”

Is the Revolution Being Betrayed?

During this week’s protests, Egyptians accused Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood of undermining, and even betraying, the revolution, says the BBC.

Initially the Muslim Brotherhood had said it would hold its own rally on Tuesday but cancelled it. In a sign of how Morsi and the Brotherhood are positioned — are potentially positioning themselves — against everyone else, messages claiming that the turnout at Tuesday’s rallies was low appeared on the Brotherhood’s Twitter feed, says the Guardian.

Morsi contends that his granting himself such far-reaching constitutional powers is temporary. But it remains to be seen what his “power grab” (as the New York Times put it) entails and who truly is the defender of democracy in Egypt. As Magdi Adelhadi writes in the Guardian with a nod to the country’s very recent history, “exceptional temporary measures in Egypt have a history of becoming permanent.”


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Photo of Tahrir Square on November 27, 2012, by sierragoddess


Fakhr E.
Past Member 3 years ago

We now know that the real terrorist is Sisi, not the Muslim Brotherhood.
Violated human rights and the killing of women and children without mercy,
Deceived boss Mohamed Morsy and turned against him and arrested him forcibly.
No one can say a word, even those who supported him.?
Where who stood against President Mohamed Morsy now?
Where who were demanding President Marina human rights?
It was a conspiracy and clear against President Mohamed Morsy and against the Muslim Brotherhood, mastermind of the United States and Russia who support the butcher Bashar Portal also assisted by some Arab leaders who fear the seat of power and office Pseudomonas.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

This has been his plan all along. It is not a surprise. The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical terrorist group.

Lynn Squance
Lynn S5 years ago

Darryll G's most recent response to my most recent post:
Monday, December 3, 2012, 9:45 AM
Subject: re: Comment on: Is Morsi Betraying Egypt's Revolution?

you need a headectomy and to find a source that teaches the truth about the founding of this country

Darryll G responded to a previous post which I brought here because I do not have a properly working personal messages. And now this I have copied above which came through personal messages also.

Darryll G, it seems that you do not have people agreeing with you on much of anything. I know that you have been with Care2 since 03 January 2012 and came here to meet friends and support causes, but at this pace you will not make friends at all. And it seems you haven't yet according to your profile.

If "ignorance and evil" in addition to "the current administration,George W Bush" all scare you, you must really have a problem liking yourself and life in general. Your ignorance is showing.

Care2 is a place where we can share our opinions respectfully, mindful that we are each entitled to our opinions. It is not for personal attacks.

I can only feel sorry for you, so consumed by bitterness, ignorance, and hate.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

Hear, here, John B.

sheila d.
sheila d5 years ago

oo egypt egypt, when will you find your peaceful and prosperity to your land.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Gee whiz Darryl, as you say....we've waited hours but no response!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Darryl, the US was founded on religion.....
T. Jefferson - "Religions are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies."
B. Franklin - "The way to see faith is to shut the eyes of reason."
John Adams - "This would be the best of all possible worlds if there was no religion in it."
James Madison - "Religious bondage shackles and debilitated the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
Thomas Paine - "All natural institutions of church appear to be human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind."
A. Lincoln - "The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession."


Edward V.
Edward Vaughn5 years ago

Yep, no question about it, Morsi is trying to overthrow the revolution. He's a Muslim who wants to institute Sharia and force all Egyptians (especially the Coptic Christians) to live under its sadistic rules. It's all part of the Muslim Brotherhood's charter and plan. THAT is why they have been banned under every government in Egypt since Nassar. Get a grip, folks. Beheading, stoning are in Egypt's future, as is the destruction of anything that came from the time before Muhammad, the time of ignorance, will be destroyed---including the Pyramids and Sphinx---because we know that TRUE enlightenment came with Muhammad's twaddle.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Kristina for the article. I'm sure that the hopes of most Egyptians has been dashed and nothing short of another "peoples revolution" will change thing and that I fear will lead to bloodshed. My heart and thoughts go out to the women and minorities there.