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Live updates – Egyptian military launches crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood (Update – MB calls for Friday protests)

Live updates – Egyptian military launches crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood (Update – MB calls for Friday protests)

(Live video and Twitter feeds at Muslim Brotherhood “Day of Rejection” in Egypt.)

Kind of back to the future, considering how Mubarak cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood for decades.

There may be elections in the future, but the military seems intend on weakening the MB in the interim, via NBC News:

A crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood movement got underway in Egypt Thursday with the arrest of several leading members following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his replacement by a top judge.

A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood warned ouster of Morsi, a member of the movement, could prompt some groups to resort to violence, though he said the Brotherhood would not do so.

The deposed president was under house arrest at the Republican Guard Club and that most members of presidential team had also been placed under house arrest, a Brotherhood spokesman said.

Judge Tharwat Hammad said Thursday that judicial authorities had opened an investigation into accusations Morsi and eight other senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood had defamed the judiciary. A travel ban was imposed on all of them. The prosecutor expects to question Morsi some time next week.

A prosecutor also ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, and a top deputy, Khairat el-Shater, for allegedly ordering the killing of protesters outside of the Brotherhood’s headquarters on Sunday, judicial sources said.

Al-Jazeera’s offices were shut, as it was seen as sympathetic to Morsi:

Other MB television and media channels have been shut as well.

According to the Iranians, Morsi’s biggest mistake was not taking full control of the military and security services, via Fox News:

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said Morsi “mistakenly” failed to reshape Egypt’s powerful military and other security agencies.

“The first mistake by the … Brotherhood was that they thought they would be able to conclude the revolution only by toppling Hosni Mubarak,” he said, adding that Morsi also failed to solve key economic problems in Egypt.

It remains to be seen whether the MB will try to exert itself on the streets. Consider it likely.

Since we can’t monitor the situation today, here’s are live Twitter feeds. We’ll update if anything big happens.

UPDATE: Looks like Friday will be the test of Muslim Brotherhood street power:

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txantimedia | July 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I saw a woman interviewed in Tahrir Square, and she said that she had voted for Morsi but was very disappointed with his failures; especially the rapid increase in crime. She said there were places they could no longer go for fear of rape.

I’ve read the crime in Egypt is so rampant that to be safe you have to hire a criminal outfit to provide you with protection.

I suspect this was a motivating factor for more than a few of the protesters.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to txantimedia. | July 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    “I’ve read the crime in Egypt is so rampant that to be safe you have to hire a criminal outfit to provide you with protection.”

    Was that a typo? Didn’t you mean to write, “Chicago”?

Is it just me, or are these times that try men’s souls?
Why, I think for the first time, am I applauding a military takeover of a government?
Why, for the first time in my adult life, was I reluctant to put up my American flag on the Fourth of July, although I just did?
Why, for the first time, am I convinced that the America as contemplated by our founders was a good idea, but that it is gone forever?
Why does it seem, for the first time, that almost everything my grandkids are taught in their public schools is anti-American and anti-traditional American culture?
Why does our American justice system seem to be a joke?
Why does it seem so clear to me that we are governed by a ruling class that treats us as serfs?
There are many additional questions that lead to my feelings of profound regret for the sacrifices so many made for the American ideal that has been frittered away.
One modern-day benefit are the few blogs like LI that allow me to read uplifting thoughts of patriotic Americans.
I am not really happy on this Fourth of July.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Rick. | July 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    You’re asking a lot of questions there, Rick.

    That’s good.

    Go to and post your questions.

    In other words, turn yourself in.

    moonstone716 in reply to Rick. | July 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    It is not just you, trust me. I didn’t even put up my flag this year. I’m not proud of what our country has become and don’t think there’s anything to celebrate right now.

    I’m still proud of our military, and there are a few (very few) patriots still serving in public office, but otherwise the best thing I can say is that we’re not North Korea or Iran. Yet.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to moonstone716. | July 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm


      You’d not fly the flag because of ‘them’? I fly the flag for ‘us’, every day. I fly it for an ideal, the original, the unique in all of history concept, upon which America was founded. Nobody, but nobody, is going to make me ashamed of my country in such a way as to keep her flag folded in times of despair. Yes, I am ashamed, angry, indignant, perplexed and astounded at what corrupt people and institutions have done to the real America, but I won’t keep my flag folded because of that. To do so is to forget my responsibility to the spirit and reality of America and to fixing the damage done to it.

    raven in reply to Rick. | July 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    No, it’s not just you. You’re not alone.

      Moe4 in reply to raven. | July 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone,this July 4 has me very down in the dumps too. The Flag is flying,but not my spirits.

    It is not the first time that the military have taken over in Egypt. The last time they kicked out the Marxists.

another government for Obama to envy.

Damn that pesky US Constitution! No matter how hard he circumvents it, our king just can’t get a really good gulag up and running in the style he lusts after.

Being they’re gaining the experience, maybe we can contract with the Egyptian military to do some house-cleaning over here. As an inducement, we’d exempt them from Obamacare.

Uncle Samuel | July 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

“A travel ban was imposed on all of them….”

Bet those words sent a cold chill down the spines of two people we know who love to travel, wine, dine, party and golf at our expense.

Uncle Samuel | July 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Replacing one group of Islamists with another is never going to solve anything for long. Islamic governments end in assassination, coup, riot and military takeover more than any other way.

Islam is an ideology that lowers the value of human life, dehumanizes its followers and conditions them to violence, domination, deception, internal conflict. The Koran contains completely contradictory mandates and built-in human rights abuses, racism, misogyny and injustice and it accommodates slavery, rape, beheadings, cruel barbaric practices… in short, Islam should be banned from the face of the earth.

Not much hope for Egypt unless they ban Islamic theocracy, or better yet, Islam entirely.

The Muslim Brotherhood or one of its subsidiaries will off the next head like they did Sadat.

Serve them notice, 30 days to renounce Islamic rule and Sharia and if they do not, hunt them down and deal with them.

The problem with revolutions is that, even if you win, there is no guarantee you are going to get the government you wanted. You never know who will step in and grab power. History has demonstrated this over and over again. It is unfortunate that so many Americans take our revolution for granted and don’t realize just how lucky we were to finish with the government and Constitution we ended up with. America was unique in the way its revolution ended; a uniqueness the world may never see again.
Some say it is time to revolt again and they may or may not be correct. Only one thing is for for sure: if it comes to that then God help us all.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Does anybody want to be that Morsi will be given asylum in the US? He’ll probably get a land deal from Tony Rezko and financing for his new crib from Chris Dodd’s and Bawny Fwank’s fwiends.

I think Morsi was freely and fairly elected, but he was in the process of changing the rules to make him self and the muslim brotherhood permanent and stifle liberty. Future elections would be ritualistic bows to democracy with no real choices. Turkey set the pattern all the while denying that it was an islamist government. Egypt has some very serious economic problems that will be near impossible for any type of government to solve because they are demographic and religious.Too many people, not enough jobs,kill the Christians? That will not solve the problem of course but until the purge is complete they can blame all problems on them. As in the past it will be hailed as a victory for islam though the problems will remain and will be worse.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to dunce1239. | July 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Morsi was elected on George Soros manufactured voting machines. His election was as free and fair and fraudulent as the 2012 elections in the USA.

    Face it, we are going to have to face down and stand up to the crooks, communists and Islamists.

    They are bullies and thugs and should be treated as such.

    Sorry Soros is public enemy #1.

Midwest Rhino | July 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Not sure of Egyptian rule of law, but it sure seems Morsi acted against it, by declaring Super Powers for himself. He’s apparently not faster than a speeding bullet, and never walked on water or performed even his first miracle. No sainthood or cape for Morsi.

So they can have another shot at a fair election, but can’t run Morsi or 200 of his pals, and those that run are on notice. Who did Morsi think he was, Barrack Obama?

Imagine the opposite of John Lennon … that there ARE countries and things worth living and dying for. Imagine there are laws that get enforced … Lois Lerner tells all, the Benghazi witnesses finally speak, and the true blue in the secret agencies break out the whistles. Then Obama’s MB friendly regime collapses. Morsi’s fall is just foreshadowing?

Some say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. 🙂

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Midwest Rhino. | July 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    “Not sure of Egyptian rule of law, but it sure seems Morsi acted against it, by declaring Super Powers for himself.”

    Now, why does this sound so familiar?

    Maybe Morsi was more in the tank with Iran than any of us think. However, he took the opposite side with Assad.

    I did not see this particular revolution coming when it did, but am not surprised. Morsi did some things that was an attempt to strip the power of the military and of the courts.

    The man who has been sworn in should be a much better choice to be President, at least in the interim.

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction…”
-Barack Hussein Obama

Well Egypt just got hit by a hurricane, and there’s a stiff breeze blowing in Turkey.

Your move, Capt. Kickass

Does anyone know if the riot-control troops Obama ordered to support Morsi have arrived in Egypt yet?

In the coverage on the Internet, I’ve noticed signs condemning Obama, Hillary, and Ambassador Anne Patterson, but I haven’t seen anything referring to Kerry. Has anyone else seen him mentioned?

BannedbytheGuardian | July 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

With all the co ordinated firework displays shows & English slogans lasered onto walls plus ready made arrest lists – I would conclude this was all highly planned .

The numbers thrown around are ridiculous. Cairo has 10 millin pop yet 17 million were supposed to be out demonstrating for one side .

I am fairly neutral with the bottom line that a coup is a coup. I find it amusing to see the number of pundits qualifying a coup.

I heard live the Judge’s speech. I thought it over emotional for the sombre occasion -even considering his French training – .ironically he sounded very similar to the speeches & writings o the Egyptian 9/11er Atta.

But I don’t have anything invested in the outcome .i am egypted out.

    The 17 million figure was nationwide.

    Either laziness or deliberate ignorance on your part.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Browndog. | July 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      It was theBBC who decided on 17 million.

      There are 😯 + million people in Egypt of which about 50 million are eligible to vote. They have several rounds with the highest turnout being 27 million of which the MB& the Salafists combined for over 60% + smaller affiliates .

      That is more than the alleged 17 million.

      Maths is not emotion Brownie.

Uncle Samuel | July 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

Friday could be a very bad day in Egypt as it is in every Islamic hell-hole.

It is Islamists’ favorite day to leave prayers and go out to commit heinous atrocity…in the name of their god of war, rape, murder, intolerance, injustice, aggression, racism, slavery, drug, porn and sex trafficking.

Meanwhile, delusional Jimmy Carter refuses to acknowledge the legitimate existence of Israel: