Violence was the message of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt after ousting Mursi and organizing massive nationwide protests against him. The scenes of the dead, the billowing smoke across the country and the chaos all around Egypt during the last week, call to mind events that shook Algeria in 1992 after the suspension of the general elections.
Before the chaos
Will Egypt enter the Algerian tunnel? I do not know, but every society has its own characteristics.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Tens of political parties emerged including the Front of Islamic Salvation (FIS) that was leading the pack. It was not easy to get to know better the new party except from its leaders’ statements; most of the leaders had moderated speeches, like Sheikh Abbasi Madani. Some others like the party’s vice-president Ali Belhadj, led extremist demonstrations in the capital squares calling for the abrogation of the constitution after winning the elections. Violent incidents mounted but no one believed that the FIS was behind them; the army was accused of provoking violence, which was not strange back then because it had the motive to derail the elections and tighten the grip of power.