Response To ISIS Attacks Highlights Egypt Divide

Two years after an Islamist leader's ouster, Egyptians remain split on politics

Jul 02, 2015 at 9:08 AM ET

Outpourings of support for the Egyptian army and a slew of opposing calls for Egypt’s president to resign underscore a political divide persisting two years after an Islamist leader’s ouster.

After a wave of deadly attacks by ISIS’ affiliate in Egypt Wednesday, tens of thousands of Egyptian military supporters circulated the hashtag “We are all the Egyptian army,” and some posted “The Egyptian Army Are Men.”

Others, though, are against authorities. Thousands of Egyptians who mostly appear to be Muslim Brotherhood supporters are blaming the nation’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for Wednesday’s violence and other recent militant attacks nationwide. “Leave, Sisi. Enough with blood,” his opponents say, adding “Save Egypt from the retard.”

The discord is rooted in a two-year-old political shift: In July 2013, then-military chief al-Sisi ousted elected Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi, who rose to power in 2012 through the Muslim Brotherhood. The ouster ignited a widespread wave of support for Egypt’s army and al-Sisi, who was later elected president. Others, though, slammed the power shift as a coup and took to the streets against the military leader.

The Muslim Brotherhood is now outlawed as part of an ongoing and widespread crackdown on opposition. On Wednesday, at least nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders were killed in a security raid on a Cairo apartment.

Translation: Leave, Sisi. Enough with blood, because you are failed and a criminal. You didn’t fight terror and you didn’t achieve stability, and the economy is shit.

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