UNAC Statement The Military Coup and Massacres in Egypt

August 10, 2013, the United National Anti-War Coalition

During the transition from the toppled Mubarak regime and Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) military leadership imposed an undemocratic constitution on Egypt that did not allow for censuring or removing a president whom the majority of people wanted replaced

Following the election of Morsi, hopes were high that post-Mubarak Egypt would establish democracy and lift the economy. After a disastrous year in office, millions were angered and they turned out on June 30 demanding Morsi’s resignation.

The SCAF seized the opportunity to initiate a coup and arrested Morsi. They are running Egypt despite the appointment of a president and prime minister. It is General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who makes the proclamations and has the power.

In early July, the SCAF massacred over 50 protesting members of the Muslim Brotherhood during their sit-in. General al-Sisi then called for massive demonstrations to support his initiation of a war on terror, a war on the Muslim Brotherhood, a bloody campaign of repression, and a return to the Mubarak era status quo. On July 27, scores of Islamist protestors were killed by government security men.

On July 29, the interim prime minister was given the power to place the country in a state of emergency and to initiate a crackdown on not just “terrorists” but religious and secular activism of all kinds. In addition, the interior ministry announced the resurrection of several police units responsible for some of the most egregious human rights violations including secret detentions, torture, and extrajudicial killings.

While taking no political position on the Muslim Brotherhood, we condemn the killings by the military regime of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the pre-emptive arrests of their leaders. We oppose the crackdown on protests and dissidents. We oppose the scapegoating of Palestinians, the destroying of the tunnels to Gaza, and the closing down of the border crossing at Rafah.

The SCAF represents the same powers that have controlled Egypt and repressed its people for decades with a military trained by and beholden to the Pentagon. We do not believe that a military government will bring democracy or act in the economic, political and social interests of Egyptians suffering from severe austerity measures. Anticipating from past actions, the repressive force now directed against the Brotherhood will be turned on trade unions and other popular movements and organizations.

***** UNAC opposes all U.S. aid to military dictatorships and repressive regimes in Egypt, Israel, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

***** We call for the immediate end of shipments of weapons and crowd control equipment to Egypt and an end to the U.S. government’s annual $1.3 billion in military aid to the Egyptian military.