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Egypt's Revolution Continues: Millions Pour Into Streets to Call for President's Ouster

As many as 17 million Egyptians protested President Mohamed Morsi Sunday--the country's largest demonstration since the 2011 revolution that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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NERMEEN SHAIKH: What role do you think pro-Mubarak forces have been playing in these protests? And what about the role of key opposition leaders like Mohamed ElBaradei?

SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS: Well, Mohamed ElBaradei and other leading members of what’s called the National Salvation Front, a loose coalition umbrella group of opposition parties that was formed in November, have over these months since then, leading up to this—have been increasingly—they don’t really lead the street as much. They have called for different things. They seem to be somewhat disconnected as a political group from the grievances of ordinary Egyptians. They did not lead the call for these protests; that was led from a grassroots campaign that we mentioned before, Tamarod. They have fully supported and backed these protests, have called for a civil disobedience campaign. So—and both Mohamed ElBaradei and Hamdeen Sabahi, a Nasrist leader who came third in the first round of the presidential elections last year, have supported the protests wholeheartedly.

With regards to members of the former regime, we’ve seen many members of the former regime take advantage of this groundswell of opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and use—take to the airwaves with very shrill and polarizing language, accusing the Brotherhood of all kinds of things that really—many of which are not true, calling very openly for the military to step in and take hold of this transition. So, this is really a mishmash of people who have come together. It remains to be seen where it will head. Many young revolutionaries who were at the core of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, and have been at the core of dissent since then, were very upset at these calls for the military to step in, at calls for warmly embracing members of the police who are protesting alongside them, the same police and the same military who killed over a thousand protesters since this revolution began. So, it really is a complicated political situation, and Egypt is increasingly unstable right now. But really the decision is in the hands of Mohamed Morsi to see how this goes forward.

 

AMY GOODMAN: Sharif Abdel Kouddous, we want to thank you very much for being with us,Democracy Now! correspondent in the streets of Cairo right now overlooking Tahrir Square

 
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