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.