Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allies suffered a heavy blow from the state security crackdown, their central coordination has been lost and the bloodshed means anger is now “beyond control,” the group said.
The comments by spokesman Gehad El-Haddad pointed to the depth of the crisis facing the movement that just six weeks ago controlled the presidency, but is now struggling to keep a grip over its base with hundreds killed by the police. Haddad said he did not know where all of the group’s leaders were following the attack on two protest camps.
He added that two of them had been shot when the police moved to break up the camps. “The real danger comes when groups of people, angry by the loss of loved ones, start mobilizing on the ground.”
As the death toll soared to 578, weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo.
US President Barack Obama canceled exercises with Egypt’s military to protest the killing, but stopped short of suspending $1.3 billion in annual aid. Obama urged army-installed authorities to lift emergency and allow peaceful dissent, saying he “strongly” condemned the crackdown on demonstrators.
The Washington Post wrote that the Obama administration was “complicit” in the crackdown as it had shown to Egypt’s rulers “that its warnings were not credible.”
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Interior Ministry has instructed police to use live ammunition against anyone who attacks government buildings.
The announcement came after hundreds of protesters attacked the local government offices in Giza.
Saudi Ambassador to Egypt, Ahmed Kattan, has urged Saudis in Egypt to follow curfew instructions. The month-long curfew is from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Phone numbers have been given for any help required. Saudi Embassy in Cairo (0237625000), Alexandria Consulate (034977596) Suez Consulate (01279000005/0122787775/0172900077)