With 12 dead and 86 wounded in Cairo on Tuesday, the highest casualty toll since July 8 when the army opened fire on Muslim Brotherhood protesters and killed 62, a quick return to normalcy for Egypt after Morsi is looking increasingly unlikely. The NY Times has the grim details:
The clashes, which flared in several Cairo neighborhoods and north of the city, offered further proof that the country’s warring political forces were content to let their feud play out in the streets. As Egypt’s new military-backed government has moved swiftly to assert its authority, Mr. Morsi’s movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, has refused, at least publicly, to abandon its determination to see him restored. […]The latest fighting in Cairo was apparently set off by Mr. Morsi’s supporters, during a provocative march near the opposition stronghold in Tahrir Square. Other clashes were murkier, and on Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood accused the police of joining attacks on its supporters or providing cover for plainclothes thugs. At a news conference, medics displayed graphic pictures of victims with gunshot wounds. In a protest square near Cairo University for Mr. Morsi’s supporters, cars gutted by fire or with smashed windows marked the site of fighting that killed nine people.“We want security!” a sobbing man yelled to friends who tried to console him. A mother and her two children, carrying suitcases, made their way out of the square.
Tourists and investors won’t be heading back while scenes like these are playing out. Time and money are running out before economic conditions for ordinary Egyptians lurch even further downward. Egypt’s new, government absolutely must find some way to restore stability and rebuild confidence, or things will get much, much uglier.[Update: General Abdel-Fattah el Sisi called on his supporters to take to the streets for mass demonstrations after a car bomb went off in Cairo on Wednesday. “Egyptians must take to the streets on Friday to give me the mandate to face violence and terrorism,” he said.][Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Alexandria, July 22. Photo courtesy Getty Images.]