Military aid to Egypt may be cut off
The streets were quieter Tuesday. But Egypt is still a tinder keg.
Overnight, military forces arrested the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood part of an ongoing crackdown of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
And a welcome move to Coptic Christians like Matthew Shehatta of Fairfax, Va., who says the military is needed now because religious persecution is escalating.
"The Muslim brotherhood is known to have affiliations with al-Qaida,” he says. “The things that they're doing now. There's confirmed burnings of 80 Christian churches and not just Coptic. Catholic, Protestant churches, schools as well.”
But local supporters of Morsi blame the military for the violence and say it has undermined hopes for democracy.
“The military came in a second. They draw a line. They crossed over these eight elections and they want to use not the ballot boxes. They want to use the bullets,” says Akram Elzend, of the Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights.
The violence has claimed 1,000 lives in the past week alone and the White House is now reviewing its billion and a half dollar annual aid package to Egypt.
“This is a bad sign, it will definitely affect the military for sometime,” says Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi.