Maggie: We are starting off today in Egypt. The country marked the three-year anniversary of protests that led to the fall of Egypt’s dictator. And, Tom, you have the latest.
Tom: Yeah, Maggie. Well, to say the least, Egypt’s story is a complicated one, but there is an ongoing theme. Every time a new leader or group gets into power, they try to shut down any opposing views. Protestors against the government tried to take to the streets over the weekend but were violently dispersed by security forces.
Saturday marked three years since the start of Egypt’s revolution. They were a part of the Arab Spring uprisings, protests against the Arab world that toppled longtime dictators. During those uprisings in 2011, Egyptians kicked out their president, Hosni Mubarak. And a few months later, the country held its first fair democratic elections. Islamic groups gained power in the government, including the largest, the Muslim Brotherhood. And then Mohamed Morsi was elected president.
After accusations of corruption and power-grabbing, many Egyptians took to the streets again, this time against Morsi. In July, the military arrested him and took control. Today, the military-led government is cracking down on anyone speaking out against it. And only supporters of the military were allowed to gather in the public over the weekend. Around fifty people were killed in the clashes and a thousand detained by police.
And Egypt may be getting a new leader soon. Egypt’s new constitution calls for the first election before the end of April.
Maggie: Thanks, Tom.