Friday, August 23, 2013

Twitter Links -- August 23 -- Egypt

A broad swath of Egyptians has supported the July 3 ouster of Morsi and the military crackdown on his allied Muslim Brotherhood movement, which sparked clashes that have killed about 1,000 civilians in 10 days. Much of the public staunchly defends the military’s actions, including a brutal dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins   and the sweeping arrests of Brotherhood leaders, including four more Thursday. Cairo was bracing for even more violence, with the Anti-Coup Alliance calling for a “Friday of Martyrs” protest.

The dramatic shift in public opinion was underscored Thursday when former president Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for three decades with the backing of the military, was freed from prison with little public protest. He was flown by helicopter to a military hospital in Cairo a day after a court ordered his release.

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