Despite evidence to
the contrary, the Egyptian military continues to deny using violence against
protesters and continue to argue that it is the legitimate power broker. On
Tuesday, Gen. Adel Emara, spokesperson for the ruling military junta contended
that the military had never used violence against protesters:
“The armed forces and
the police pledged not to use violence against protesters actively or even
verbally.”
When a journalist
tried to display a newspaper image of a woman brutally beaten by military
police he interrupted:
“Before you open the
newspaper, fold it. I know what I’m talking about. Yes, this scene took place
and we’re investigating it. But let’s look at the whole picture and see the
circumstances the picture was taken in and we will announce the complete truth.
Don’t take only this shot, you or any other, and cite it to prove that violence
was used.”
Another Egyptian
general said that the protesters are “delinquents who deserve to be thrown
into Hitler’s ovens.” Gen. Abdel Moneim Kato, who serves as an adviser to
the military’s public relations department, made the remarks in an interview
with the Egyptian newspaper al-Shuruq on Monday.
The military rulers
think that they are the legitimate authorities despite the existence of the
newly elected body. In fact, the military junta wanted to circumvent the work
of the newly elected members of the assembly when it appointed a “civilian
advisory council,” which in turn suspended its activities until the military
stopped the violence and apologized. One-third of its roughly 30 members have
quit already.
Egypt and the
military are both better served by recognizing the fact that the junta’s ascent
to power was ordered by an ousted dictator and that only an elected authority
can claim legitimacy. The military rulers should transfer power to the newly
elected body, which should adopt the Tunisian model and establish an interim
constitution and an interim government until a permanent constitution is
adopted and general elections are held.

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