A day at Cairo’s clashes

Protesters fighting close to the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters

Protesters fighting close to the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters

 

A little bit late this one – a piece from the excellent Egypt Independent on the worrying clashes which erupted near the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo-based headquarters a week ago last Friday.

It gives a vivid sense of the mutual loathing which often now characterises relations between supporters of the Brotherhood – the organisation to which President Mohamed Morsi belongs – and their opponents.

A similar bout of fighting broke out in November last year close to Mr Morsi’s Presidential Palace. Back then thousands of protesters engaged in an all night battle  after members of the Brotherhood had forcibly evicted a sit-in taking place near the palace.

The clashes in Moqattam took a similar turn, and offers a depressing glimpse of what could potentially unfold if Egyptians fall back on violence in order to fill the current political void.

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