Following June 30 protest rallies that demanded early presidential elections or the President’s resignation, President Mohamed Morsi suggested an initiative to resolve the crisis politically with continued commitment to the path of constitutional legitimacy, resorting to the ballot box in fast-tracked House of Representatives elections, after which the House of Representatives could take a majority vote to remove the President or let him complete his term, in accordance with the Constitution. The President affirmed that that was the democratic option supported by constitutional legitimacy as approved by the Egyptian people in five important elections and referendums. However, the following day on July 3, 2013, General Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi, the defense minister, arrested the President and his aides in an unknown location. In a televised speech to the people, General Al Sisi declared the appointment of the president of the Supreme Constitutional Court as interim president of Egypt, suspended the Constitution, disbanded the Shura Council (Upper House), and announced a future roadmap for the period after the coup.
It transpired then that the coup leaders were deliberately suspending the law and giving the green light to security forces to start the monstrous machine of repression and restriction of freedoms in Egypt.
Shuttering TV Channels Opposed to the Coup Immediately after the military coup was announced, security authorities – within minutes – closed a large number of TV channels suspected of opposition to the military coup, notably Al-Jazeera and Misr25, as well as some other Islamic TV channels. Indeed, the headquarters and studios of Al-Jazeera were raided while still on air and transmission was stopped on the spot. The same happened with all channels perceived to support President Morsi.
On 14 August 2013, Egyptian security forces backed by the Egyptian army attacked two camps of democracy supporters in Cairo: one at al-Nahda Square and a larger one at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque. The two sites had been used for peaceful sit-ins by the protesters against the Coup d'état that ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president in the Egyptian history.
According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, controlled by military, 638 people were killed on 14 August, with at least 3,994 injured. However, independent resources put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.
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