‘Black Bloc,’ Egypt Masked Protesters, Add Mystery To Unrest

 ‘Black Bloc,’ Egypt Masked Protesters, Add Mystery To Unrest.

In Cairo, A new element has been added to the mix of violence in Egypt and they call themselves the Black Bloc, defenders of protestors opposed to Islamist president’s rile. The masked youth with faces hidden under black masks are willing to use force in order to fight against Islamists who have attack protestors or against police who crack down on demonstrations. People who are part of the opposition are concerned that this group will taint the movement and spark Islamist retaliation. Supporters of the President call the group a militia and painted the opposition as a violent force. Other groups have considered forming their own vigilante groups deepening concerns that a spiral of violence between rival militias will occur. President Morsi has struggled to gain control calling for emergency rule in three port cities along the Suez Canal. The group is modeled after anarchist groups by the same name in Europe and United States who participate in anti-globalization and other protests. The group’s secrecy make it difficult to determine its actual scope since they mainly communicate through social media. The identities of its member are unknown and faces unseen making it difficult to know who is a member. “We are the Black Bloc … seeking people’s liberation, the fall of corruption and the toppling of the tyrant,” proclaimed a video announcing the group’s formation, posted online Thursday. “We have arisen to confront the fascist tyrant regime of the Muslim Brotherhood with its military wing,” the video said, warning police not to interfere “or else we will respond without hesitation.” The group was formed in response to a Dec. 4 clash where Brotherhood supporters attacked protestors outside the presidential palace leaving many injured and 10 dead. Morsi’s office and the Brotherhood say that the Black Bloc is proof the opposition is using the streets to overturn results of election that Islamists have consistently won.

 

Violence Flares In Egypt After President Declares State Of Emergency In 3 States

 Violence Flares In Egypt After President Declares State Of Emergency In 3 States.

Another bout of violence in the region as tension flairs between the president of Egypt and the people. In Cairo a man was shot dead Monday in the fifth day of violence that has killed 50 people so far and the Islamist president to declare a state of emergency hoping to end the blood shed. The emergency rule covers Port Said, Ismalia, and Suez and the army has been deployed in two cities allowing soldiers to arrest civilians approved by the cabinet. Protestors are accusing Morsi of high-handed security tactics the very same they ousted President Hosni Mubarak for. Even though Islamists won parliament nd presidential elections, the opposition has united against Morsi since last year when he moved to expand his power and push an Islamist leaning constitution. He is also being accused of leaning toward his Islamist allies and breaking a promise to be president of all Egyptians. Islamists say their rivals want to overthrow their freely elected leader by undemocratic means. The violence that erupted on Jan. 25 2012 marked the second anniversary of one of the bloodiest days leading up to Mubarak’s ousting. Instability in Egypt has many concerned in the western world where officials are concerned with key players who have piece deals with Israel. The political unrest in the key cities of Port Said, Ismalia, and Suez has further been marked by violence linked to the death penalties imposed on soccer supporters convicted of involvement in stadium rioting a year ago. Rioting in Cairo on Monday resulted in a 46 year old bystander being killed by gunshot as police threw tear gas into a crowd of stone throwing protestors. It is unclear who shot the man. The opposition Front has distanced themselves from these flare ups stating that Morsi should of acted sooner to impose security measures while other activists say that these measures could backfire on the president. Thousands of mourners joined funerals in Port Said for the latest death toll adding 7 more people who were killed on Sunday when residents joined marches to bury 33 others who were killed earlier most by gunshots. The emergency rule reminds many of the 30 year rule of Mubarak who kept Egypt under his thumb by implementing emergency rule allowing police to muzzle dissent and round up opponents even Morsi himself. Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch in Cairo said that this implementation will undermine Egypt’s efforts to create a more efficient and respected police force.