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Egyptian democracy a long way off – via #Eureka Street

Mohamed Morsi - Caricature

Mohamed Morsi – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Via: Egyptian democracy a long way off – Eureka Street.

Events in Egypt are unfolding so rapidly that Egyptians woke up with one head of state — President Mohamed Morsi — and went to sleep — if they could — with another. The Chief of the Armed Forces has suspended the constitution and parachuted Adli Mansour, head of the constitutional court, into the role of interim president.

With events moving at such breathless speed, and no less complicated because of it, any commentary should be modest. Particularly from the other side of the world. Let us begin with what is clear. After a year in power, the first democratically elected president of Egypt has been ousted by the military, emboldened by widespread popular support.

Now, in the memorable words of Donald Rumsfeld, the known unknowns. Were more people revolting against the regime than who had voted for it? Protest is, after all, a form of democratic expression. Sexual violence is NOT.

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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