So far, at least, I haven’t heard of any response from the US government regarding the escalating violence and suppression by the SCAF, or military council, in Egypt. Demonstrators at Tahrir Square now call for the military council to step down and let the newly elected (last round of voting in January) Parliament choose an interim civilian government to oversee the drafting of a new constitution.
The violence is some of the worst of the last year, as the video below shows. And the state-run media, despite scenes like these, are claiming the demonstrators are rioting and killing each other (!). Egyptian propagandists are creating the same ‘blame the demonstrators’ narrative that Mubarak tried to derail democratic demands.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood, is not participating in the demonstrations but focusing on another strong showing in the third round of voting. But both the Tahrir groups and the Brotherhood are demanding that a civilian government, not the military council, draft the new constitution.
The timing of the military crackdown is skillful. Knowing that the Brotherhood would likely focus on elections, they have viciously confronted Tahrir groups temporarily isolated from allies.
Below is one of the most graphic, explicit videos to come out of Egypt since Mubarak thugs rode camels and horses through Tahrir Square last winter.