Report: U.S. Gave Millions to Anti-Morsi Activists as Washington Says Egyptian Military Coup "Restored Democracy"

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Posted Aug. 7, 2013

Interview with Emad Mekay, Egyptian investigative journalist, conducted by Scott Harris

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One month after the Egyptian military intervened for the third time in recent years to seize control of the government, the nation remains in turmoil with the threat of another explosion of violence. Egypt's military overthrew the country's first democratically-elected president on July 3, after massive protests demanding Morsi's ouster. Officers placed President Mohamed Morsi under house arrest and rounded up leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood movement. The nation is divided between secular parties and activists who supported the military coup, and mostly Islamist Morsi loyalists.

Street clashes between Morsi’s supporters and security forces have already killed dozens of Muslim Brotherhood protesters. Now a new showdown is being threatened by Egypt’s top military officer Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, who has threatened to remove by force thousands of Morsi supporters who have set up two protest encampments in downtown Cairo demanding the president’s return to office.

European and U.S. diplomats are attempting to broker a negotiated settlement between the military and Muslim Brotherhood, in a last ditch effort to avoid further bloodshed. But many Egyptians on both sides of the current conflict remain hostile to what they perceive as foreign interference in their nation’s affairs. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Emad Mekay, an Egyptian journalist, currently working for the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Here, he discusses the recent coup in Egypt, U.S. funding of anti-Morsi activists and prospects for the restoration of democracy there.

Read Mekay’s recent Al Jazeera article titled, "U.S. Bankrolled Anti-Morsi Activists," at AlJazeera.com.

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