Three things have become rather clear in Egypt. The first is that the military’s popular base in Egypt is extremely solid, despite the excessive and tremendous use of force against supporters of the deposed leader Mohammad Mursi. The second is that the pro-Mursi coalition, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, will not disappear – and that it has very little resembling a political strategy, wrongly perceiving that the majority supports them. The third is that the pro-revolutionary groups and factions, that neither supports the vision of the Muslim Brotherhood nor the military, have a great deal of work to do. As of yet it’s not clear they’ve started thinking about what role they need to play.
Those who supported the revolution and continue to agitate for progressive change in Egypt have always been in the minority.H.A. Hellyer
The clashes yesterday between pro-Mursi demonstrators and the security forces (as well as non-state, pro-military civilians) resulted in the death of at least 51 people– most, if not all, were from the pro-Mursi side (no police casualties were reported at the time of writing).