(JNS.org) While protests have
erupted across Egypt, the country’s secular and Christian opposition factions
are calling for Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation as well as accusing
the U.S. government of supporting Morsi’s Islamist government at their expense,
Protests have erupted against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi (pictured) in Egypt. Credit: Wilson Dias/ABr via Wikimedia Commons.
The protests began in Alexandria on Friday
afternoon and then spread to other cities around Egypt. Several
of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Freedom and Justice Party’s headquarters were
torched by protestors, the Egypt
Cairo’s International Airport was flooded with
an unprecedented amount of departures, the
Associated Press reported. According to anonymous Egyptian officials, many
of those leaving are families of government officials, foreign diplomats and
Islamist supporters of Morsi also held counter-protests
in Cairo. Larger protests as part of an anti-Morsi petition movement organized
by the activist group Tamarod are also scheduled on Sunday, igniting fears of
an Islamist backlash against anti-Morsi protestors.
Comments made earlier this month by U.S.
Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson sparked an atypical anti-American reaction
from Egypt’s secular and Christian opposition factions.
“Some say that street action will produce better
results than elections,” Patterson said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “To be honest, my government and I are deeply
skeptical. More violence on the streets will do little more than add new names
to the lists of martyrs. Instead, I recommend Egyptians get organized.”
“She is an evil
lady who is creating divisions. How is this any of her business?” George Ishaq,
a prominent Egyptian Christian acti
vist, said of Patterson on a popular talk
show following her comments.