Foreign travelers, journalists and even expats living in Cairo have been rounded up by mobs of Egyptian volunteers and delivered to police stations for interrogation. Egypt’s new military rulers seem to be stoking fears of foreign plots aimed at hijacking the Revolution. From the WSJ:
The military-inspired xenophobia campaign has been amplified by resurgent Islamists, who are traditionally hostile to any infidel influence in the country, and jingoistic reports in parts of the Egyptian media.
Despite badly needing revenue from tourism, Egypt’s leaders are more concerned about ongoing protests, mostly led by liberal residents of Cairo who feel that the Revolution has gotten away from them. The tried and true recipe for dealing with unwanted protestors: Blame foreigners, especially the United States. Just take a look at the picture of US envoy Anne Patterson (posted on the side of the WSJ article), which appeared on the cover of the state-run October magazine and depicts her as the “Ambassador from Hell.”