Egypt’s Turmoil: How the World Is Reacting to the Bloodshed

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Hassan Ammar / AP

Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir square, in Cairo, Aug. 16, 2013.

U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday joined a chorus of world leaders in condemning the Egyptian government for its violent response Wednesday to opposition protesters that left at least 638 people and more than 4,000 injured. Tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets today in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency. According to some reports, at least 26 people have been killed in clashes in Cairo, while tensions have led to violence elsewhere in the country as well. The military’s crackdown — which follows its ousting of the democratically-elected government one month ago — has led to angry condemnations from much of the international community.

Canada

Canada closed its embassy in Cairo for security reasons and summoned an Egyptian envoy to declare its concern over the violence.

European Union

E.U. diplomats will meet Monday to consider the response to the Egyptian government’s crackdown. Catherine Ashton, who leads EU foreign policy, “strongly condemned” the violence. Britain, Germany, and France summoned the Egyptian ambassadors to condemn the violence.

Britain has expressed “deep concern” over the violence. Prime Minister David Cameron also expressed his condolences for Sky News journalist Mick Deane, who was killed while reporting on the clashes. “It is an incredibly brave and important job he was doing,” Cameron said.

Denmark suspended $5.3 million in aid that was connected to two projects with the Egyptian government.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said there will be “consequences” to the violent crackdown, but has yet to go into detail.

French President Francois Hollande called for the state of emergency to be lifted and expressed “very serious concern” about the violence.

Qatar

A financial backer of the former Muslim Brotherhood government that was removed by the military, Qatar issued a strong condemnation of the violence and warned Wednesday against “tearing apart the ranks of the brotherly Egyptian people as it is difficult to account for the results of these clashes and their future outcomes

Tunisia

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist government, eyeing events in Egypt closely over the last two months given the mounting opposition at home, called on the Muslim Brotherhood to respond with peaceful protests.

“The Tunisian candle is the only candle left in the Arab Spring, and this is entrusted to all of us Tunisians to preserve it and to prove that Arabs can have democracy, and Tunisia is a witness”

Turkey

A major supporter of the former Muslim Brotherhood government, Turkey has lashed out at the Egyptian authorities. Both countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from their respective capitals.

President Abdullah Gul Friday called the violence a “shame for Islam and the Arab world,” and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Egypt’s current interim leadership to stand trial.

United Nations

The U.N. Security Council urged restraint on both sides following an emergency meeting to discuss a response on the violence in Egypt.

“There was a common desire on the need to stop violence and to advance national reconciliation,” said Argentine U.N. Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, council president for August.

United States

President Barack Obama condemned the violence and said the United States will not take part in Operation Bright Star, a biennial training exercise jointly conducted with the Egyptian military. The State Department issued a travel warning urging U.S. citizens living in Egypt to leave.

“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” he said.

Saudi Arabia

One of the few voices of support for the Egyptian government, Saudi King Abdullah called for Arabs to stand together against “attempts to destabilize” the country.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism,” he said

127 comments
Icansee4miles
Icansee4miles

This meltdown of the Islamic World was predicted in the new thriller out on Amazon Kindle, The Bahrain Protocol. From my extensive travels in the Arabian Gulf, I can tell you that the U.S. government's intentions are distrusted to an extent not seen in many years. Saudi Arabia has every right to defend Egypt and itself; and what the U.S. government refuses to publicly acknowledge is the close alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. Iran's plan is to complete their nuke, to point it at the Arabian Gulf which has 60% of the global oil production, and to blackmail the world. Read Kindle's new thriller The Bahrain Protocol to see the surprising alliance that will take on Iran; and it doesn't include the United States.

Dalia El Leissy
Dalia El Leissy

It's Not a coup but a popular revolution against the terrorists Brotherhood ... We are the Egyptian people So Don't support the terrorism. MB are group of terrorists who attacking the whole Egyptian population spreading fear on our streets, burning churches and Places of culture and Knowledge, provoking the army, destroying our buildings and streets, chopping fingers and torturing anyone they suspect against them, they are distorting Islam, and abuse of the poor.

Reham Omar Karram
Reham Omar Karram

We only follow your steps in dealing with protestors. We gave them a 50-days period to end their protest and leave the area. But they insist on breaking the laws: 1- Using violence with the residents in the region 2- Preventing individuals from going out of their homes 3- Building barricades and blocks in the streets 4- Cracking sidewalks 5- Using weapons against security forces 6- Killing and torturing who ever tries to get out of their pro-Morsi sit-in 7- Torturing children and amputating their only because they hold photos of El Sisi 8- Abusing kids by dressing them coffins and teaching them to die as martyrs 9- Abusing women and and forcing them to participate and hold guns in the riots Now, please watch these videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCFb1I5rKt4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz4rKumZqDk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFdnz3k5Uc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJA3TyE7lS0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU_4BO06sxA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQgWWF5jLk4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cecii1DV-EY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK3Akd8RFIU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBwNr1Ciw30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55YWkZI7HKM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylvvsCO-tkM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE-fenzKPuA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNJcHQUytJI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF7_cXfQK_w&list=PL3CF841DDAD29AB60 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCFb1I5rKt4&list=PL3CF841DDAD29AB60&index=165 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36X5hj3lwiU&list=PL3CF841DDAD29AB60&index=103 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhvMI13M250&list=PL3CF841DDAD29AB60&index=68 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heALwm78Rb4&list=PL3CF841DDAD29AB60&index=64 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQsH0-QcgTk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxIEu5PKLUI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afnmP1xJoPE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OudjUamAv8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X68YBK9_z0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ2WyQhrOVA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h4QPdhwZJs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cS7nD62SCo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLdWhzEF74Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgPZajDDbiI Now, kindly advise us how should we deal with a terrorist group that is killing, destroying, torturing, and betraying us????

Reham Omar Karram
Reham Omar Karram

Yes we learn from the world how to react against riots.... Kindly watch how USA acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcKoe1VLiz8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG57U9K4jOo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QngE6kKk8Lg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIZby_FDl3I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzObOl4tQxM Kindly watch how UK acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqAiVErPCQM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQksa-KSV4Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRKcPZt61SQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQksa-KSV4Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joPqmW1msEc Kindly watch how France acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si7xkOphx2Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSjnp0_fbbg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIDy2HPQLbs Kindly watch how Germany acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXxiemd8CH4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCGqRDW9C7U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFsOzqB7eCE Kindly watch how Italy acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tQ4ZWTFR6c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HI-LJjqGA0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d9EOtKg9SI Kindly watch how Switzerland acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTx-EjoAAMw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpS8dy7AmI0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDcRpCHfRgs Kindly watch how Turkey acts against riots and protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLKFiAm0Kng http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/221375 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhXHnYxRflU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84HLEFuhc2E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc-lcvzVdxA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo9kL9NVNmo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VIQv3NeKSo

Ahmed Soleman
Ahmed Soleman

Viewpoint: The Middle East has changed, but Egypt has not. It's time for Washington to recognize that Cairo is not the center of the Arab world, writes TIME International editor Bobby Ghosh. http://ti.me/1cY52VQ (Photo: Ahmed Hayman/EPA)

Muhammad Jawad Mir
Muhammad Jawad Mir

and through a democratic process what do you peoplety want when majority gave Muslim brotherhood the mandate,it was a democratic process majority wanted them and their policies to be implemented

Judy Ripper
Judy Ripper

Let them kill each other the USA is not the savior of the world.

Jean Pierre Joubert
Jean Pierre Joubert

May the Egyptian government root out these so called "peaceful" church burning, looting and rampaging protests. The Brotherhood's dream of an Islamic empire has been turned to ashes. The people and military of Egypt have made the right decision on ousting these vipers from their government. The Brotherhood say they were democratically elected but so were the Nazi's! Egyptians are a proud people and I am sure they will rise tall and proud from their current situation.

Jean Pierre Joubert
Jean Pierre Joubert

They won the election and tried to turn Egypt into an Islamic state. They would have run Egypt into the ground economically and on nearly every other front. An Islamic state is the nearest you will ever get to Hell on Earth.

Maffrool Maf
Maffrool Maf

World In Double Standard .....Watching Genocide.......

Jake Shaibu
Jake Shaibu

The Military should continue their crackdown.Conflict is functional.

محاسب يحيى حافظ الصارف
محاسب يحيى حافظ الصارف

When the Warring terrorism in America, one opposed it for the fight against terrorism, why America and European countries opposed to Egypt in the fight against terrorism, which destroys Egypt and kills and Egypt Ihragafy .. Why is this distinction in dealing with terrorism, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

A Omar Sabet
A Omar Sabet

^^ yes they won the elections, but so did HITLER!!!!

Muhammad Jawad Mir
Muhammad Jawad Mir

@jim seufret is mentally sick, now show me I am wrong and I will happily admit it. prove me.

Muhammad Jawad Mir
Muhammad Jawad Mir

you call them terrorist they won the election it was a democratic process through which they came in power they had the majority the numbers! now you over throw their Gov. by force who won the majority , what do you expect then ? civil war like situation and all the Islamist parties are not terrorist just stop stereotyping please!

Essiet Sunny
Essiet Sunny

World leaders wild continue to condemn trouble spots arround the Globe. No one cares to believe what Warning the inspire Holy Bible left for us Living in this Critical time in World History. God has made the wise Ones Stupid Paul said-1Corinth1:18-21. Do we Know that Present World is Lying in the Power of Sartan "The Wicked One" 1John5:19,20? This very One who is hiding and influencing the World leaders never Succeeded when he tested Jesus, telling him The World is his own. Where is the UN. So much Hypocrites in the group? Inscription in front of UN head Quarter in USA Reads: "They will have to beat their Swords into Plow- shares and their Spears into Prunning Shears. Nations will not lift up Sword against Nation,neither wil they learn War any More". Isaiah's quote will fulfil in Jehovahs Masainic Rull by Christ Jesus after Present Oppresive Human Governments meet their Doom as predicted in Daniels Prophecy charpter 2:44. Let who have Ears Know who is creating trouble on eath who knows his time is up

Mohamed Shabana
Mohamed Shabana

Government military coup punish the Egyptian people because he demanded the right to a democratic state

Najeeb Khan
Najeeb Khan

It is very much evident that if you will follow and have likings in western capitals and be their YES man... so If you KILL/ BOUCHER /GO TO ANY EXTENT TO WIPEPOUT YOUR OPPOSTION MAY IT BE THE VOICE’S, WISHES AND DESIRES OF THE PEOPLE, YOU CAN PLAY HEAVOIC AND CUT THE THROTS, KILLING INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDERN IS ALLOWED IN WESTERN MIND SET! There will be no blockade, No UN resolutions No Emergency meetings because nothing has happened … Human Genocide by Egyptian Army well backed by USA AND EUROPE… that is what suites them …That is their agenda! It’s not a big deal if Army has KILLED THEIR OWN PEOPLE WITH LIVE AMMOUNATION …Come on be soft its someone else Blood…Who CARES… WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS!!! WELLDONE WESTERN DEMOCRACIES… YOU GET 10/10!!!!

Nizar July
Nizar July

there is no serious reactions just a smoke screen

Ben Lim
Ben Lim

The present governmnet who seize power is illegitimate and should immediately call for election !!

Moataz Neo
Moataz Neo

cc kill the peaceful people in egypt and use the local media which owned to the businessmen to distortion the fact and cover his crimes

Haime Dighlawi
Haime Dighlawi

Maybe your people wont, but they do.. you moron.

Haime Dighlawi
Haime Dighlawi

Yes he did but he didnt spend, lol.. they made money. Wars are a big business for the west. If you didnt knw, now u do.

Haime Dighlawi
Haime Dighlawi

and you are a big fat liar.. because they do not.

Haime Dighlawi
Haime Dighlawi

ITs all lies - the military attacked to make it look as if they did it.

Elaine N Lala
Elaine N Lala

Bush spent 6 trillion dollars in two illegal wars and caused thousands of civilian casualties