Uncertainty and tension in Egypt

The celebration of the family feast of Eid al Fitr is just over and in Egypt there is a tense wait. NAI researcher Maria Malmström is in Cairo and her experience is that many from the outside make secure analysis of what is going on and what will happen in the future. But on location nobody is sure of what is happening and what is going to happen.

– It is impossible. There are plenty of conspiracy theories in circulation, one worse than the other. The rumor is that something big is going to happen but until then people are trying to live their everyday lives, says Maria Malmström.

Something noticeable is the accelerating hatred of orthodox muslims, in other words men who have long beards and women in niqab. Many people are unhappy and are against the witch-hunt even if they are against the Muslim Brotherhood .

– The situation is tense. People are tired, stressed and easily lose their temper. What is most striking at the moment is: wait, says Maria Malmström.
The military is present here and there. And at the Tahir Square there are posters with Obama portrayed as the devil / a vampire with blood running from his mouth and a text that he supports terrorism - along with actors among the Muslim Brotherhood. During tomorrow Maria Malmström is following the development along with the TV channel Al Jezeera in the area Rabaa.

You can read more on http://www.egyptindependent.com (opens in new window).

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