[Marxism] Hazem Kandil · Sisi’s Turn: What does Sisi want? · LRB 20 February 2014

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 15 06:43:49 MST 2014

On 1 February 2011, while the protesters were still entrenched in Tahrir 
Square, Morsi and the future head of the Brothers’ Freedom and Justice 
Party, Saad al-Katatni, entered into secret negotiations with the 
intelligence chief Omar Suleiman for a larger share of power in return 
for stopping the revolt. Once Mubarak was ousted, the Islamists adopted 
the military-security programme: elections first, constitution and 
reform later. Those who argued that new democracies need to establish 
some basic guidelines before rushing to the ballot box were dismissed. 
The idea that the security agencies should be overhauled before any 
election took place was seen as nothing more than a delaying tactic. 
Throughout the transitional period, the Brothers blamed the protesters 
for the violence directed at them by the state – they were staging 
illegal protests, after all – and repeatedly alleged that the activists 
were pawns of foreign intelligence services. In parliament, they took 
every opportunity to praise Egypt’s gallant law enforcers and blocked 
every attempt to hold them accountable. As soon as Morsi was sworn in, 
he congratulated the police for reforming themselves, audaciously 
referring to them as esteemed partners in the 2011 uprising. Even more 
significant was the Brothers’ decision to drop a report detailing police 
crimes – among them the shooting of demonstrators – even though its 
contents had been leaked to several newspapers (including Al-Shorouk and 
the Guardian) and Morsi’s handpicked prosecutor had promised arrests. 
Needless to say, security abuses surged during Morsi’s short tenure, and 
official coercion was reinforced by the Brothers’ own militias.

full: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n04/hazem-kandil/sisis-turn

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