WASHINGTON — Some felt Egypt would stabilize after the transition of power from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to a military-appointed government, but those feelings quickly dissipated as protests continue to turn violent.
Reuters reports at least 7 people were killed in violent clashes between Egyptian police and violent protesters, who support the ousted regime. More than 260 people were also wounded in the clashes.
Millions of Egyptians took to the streets and protested the bad economic policies of Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi and several domestic policy mistakes. Morsi once declared that he could sidestep judicial review and was soundly beaten by the voice of dissent.
After the protests began to gain momentum and international news media coverage, the Egyptian military sided with the protesters. Morsi was removed from power by the Egyptian military after they gave him a 48-hour ultimatum to negotiate with the protesters. Then, his supporters took the streets and are causing civil unrest, which continues until the present time.
U.S. President Barack Obama has kept mostly quiet on the Egyptian developments, discussing whether to call it a “coup” or a “revolution” and asked protesters to talk it out with Morsi. At one point, he was reconsidering sending the generous American aid package to Egypt but ended up sending at least 4 F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian military. This bucks a trend where Obama has supported Islamist movements over democratic ones.