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Egypt: The coup began on the day Mubarak stepped down

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The Egyptian Military’s coup against the democratically elected government of Mohammad Morsi, on July 3, 2013 was organized in advance at the end of the Mubarak regime. Even as protestors signalling victory and drinking in celebration in the streets across all of Egypt the Military Council was planning for the coup against the revolution.

The truth of this was made clear by one of its members during the military rule, when he said, “This is the sweat of the military and we will defend it with blood.” This is indeed what happened during the massacres that occurred later, including the Rabaa, Nahda, and other massacres.

Yes, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) began planning for the coup from that first night and it issued a constitutional declaration to achieve this. It divided the protestors into rival factions and then took advantage of them.

Instead of continuing to work together, each different group began to claim that they were at the heart of the January 25th Revolution. The Council succeeded in spreading incitement and division amongst those who were friends not too long ago and who did not distinguish between secularists or Muslims.

They had all joined hands in harmony until one day; these hands began to harm each other given the fear and incitement spread amongst them by the Military Council.

The Council was disturbed by the image of the Christian citizen pouring water into the hands of his Muslim fellow Egyptian so he could make ablutions and pray. They were also disturbed by the Muslims’ silence during the Christian hymns and their prayers, out of respect for their rituals. So they carried out the Maspero massacre in front of the television building, killing about 25 Christian citizens with the army’s tanks.

Sedition was spread when a television presenter claimed that the Christians were attacking the army and she called on the people of the area to take to the streets to defend their national army. This was reinforced by a similar call from the Muslims and the Christians staged a sit-in in front of the television buildings, along with some priests, chanting sectarian chants.

“Kandahar Friday,” as some called it, was not far off from deepening this division and provoking fear and terror in the hearts of the Christians towards the........

© Middle East Monitor