Thursday, November 24, 2011

AFRICA: EGYPT : FRIDAY A DECISIVE MOMENT FOR CAIRO

Agenzia Fides REPORT - "We have to wait until Friday, that is to say, tomorrow, to see how the situation develops", says to Fides Fr. Luciano Verdoscia, a Comboni missionary who lives and works in Cairo, where a calm atmosphere has returned after the recent clashes between police and demonstrators causing several victims. The Egyptian armed forces presented their condolences for the victims of violence in the last 6 days and, in a statement posted on Facebook, they promise opening "an urgent investigation to judge those who caused the accidents". For tomorrow students who have occupied Tahrir Square have announced a major new exhibition.
"It seems to me that the events which took place in recent days have increased the protesters and their supporters political awareness, concerning the risks the democratic process faces. Other articles have appeared with regards to a secret alliance between the military and Islamists, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi " says Fr. Luciano. "That is because, according to some interpretations, the military prefer that there is an Islamic government rather than a secular government, to secure a political role in the future. By the way - continues Fr. Luciano - the representative of the Muslim Brotherhood has been moved away by the youth of Tahrir Square because there do not want are politicians who exploit their protest simply to carry out a campaign. "
"On the other hand - adds the missionary - one must consider that Egypt is not a country composed only of students and intellectuals, but also and above all of people who live in rural areas and in neighborhoods that have the worry of having a gas cylinder and to earn enough to eat every day, and whose identity is religious. People who listen to the imam of the small countryside mosque. That said, if the youth of the protest, the intellectuals and the mass media began to denounce some power tactics, like the one mentioned before, surely there will be a positive feedback on the process of democratization of the Country", said Father Luciano. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 24/11/2011)

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