While calling for unity and reconciliation General al-Sisi and the new civilian appointees have staged two massacres of unarmed Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The first killed 51 people by shooting from rooftops on demonstrators and during the second last week over 60 were shot by policemen – not a single one of whom was shot.
The unarmed demonstrators occupying two squares have been referred to as terrorists. Unfortunately, many of the original anti-Mubarak protesters have been willing to support the military in labelling their fellow citizens in this way.
The massacres have been accompanied by arrests and trumped up charges against Muslim Brotherhood leaders and activists. Clearly such tactics cannot create unity and reconciliation so the real objective must be to divide the population to preserve the role of the military and the old Mubarak establishment who jointly own and control most economic assets in Egypt.
Those who collaborate with these attacks on their fellow citizens are helping to restore the forces of repression removed with Mubarak.