One Year After Morsi’s Ouster, Egypt Comes Back Full Circle

by
Fatimah Mazhar
July 04, 2014: Nothing really has changed ever since Morsi left.

July 2013:

Mohamed Morsi

On July 3, 2013, Mohamed Morsi was deposed as Egypt’s president after a series of protests called for his resignation.

Although Morsi was the country’s first democratically elected leader, his orthodox way of governance led to a nationwide unrest and divided Egypt into several groups.

Many hoped his ouster would bring hope to Egypt and the situation would improve. However, this wasn’t the case and the country remains as conflicted as it was at the time of Morsi’s departure.

Below is a comparison of the key events that prove how nothing in the course of 12 months – after Morsi’s deposition – has changed in Egypt.

Egypt

Clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi supporters led to several deaths and injuries in July 2013.

anti-Morsi supporters

Journalism and freedom of speech were being oppressed both during and after Morsi’s ouster. In the image above, protesters hold pictures of Al Jazeera’s slain cameramen Ali Hassan al-Jaber during a rally against the assassination of journalists following Morsi’s ouster in July 2013.

Sexual violence

Sexual violence against women in Egypt was at its worst last year.

Women shout slogans against Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood during a march against sexual harassment and violence in July 2013.

During celebrations for Morsi’s ouster in Tahrir Square, more than 80 women were subjected to sexual assault, harassment and rape by the mob, in just one day.

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Militant attacks

Militant attacks were rampant. The image above is from September 2013, when a bomb blast, targeting the Egyptian Interior Minister’s convoy, ripped through his neighborhood, in Cairo’s suburban Nasr City area.

July 2014:

Although Abdel Fatah al Sisi has been elected as the new Egyptian president in June this year, his supporters – the army – took control of the country as soon as Morsi left.

As you can see from the images below, little has changed in Egypt under the military rule.

al Sisi

Militant attacks

Militant attacks are still rampant. The image above, from June 2014, shows damage at the site in the outskirts of Cairo.

Sexual violence

Sexual violence against women is still as prevalent.

Women chant slogans as they gather to protest against sexual harassment in front of the opera house in Cairo, June 2014.

The demonstrations occurred after a woman was sexually assaulted by a mob during the June 8 celebrations marking the new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration in Tahrir Square.

Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video showing the naked woman with injuries being dragged through the square after being sexually assaulted during the festivities.

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Journalism

Journalism and freedom of speech is as oppressed as ever.

A protester, with a taped mouth, stands with a poster during a rally against the detainment of Al Jazeera journalists in July 2014.

In June 2014, three Al Jazeera staff members were sentenced to 7-10 years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists. There was no evidence found to prove them guilty of doing so.

Clashes

Clashes between pro and anti-Morsi supporters are emerging again. It’s as if Egypt is returning to square one.

In the image above, Morsi’s supporters run from tear gas during clashes with police in Cairo, July 2014.

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