Clashes in Egypt. EU : “ We will review the diplomatic relations with Cairo”


There was a moment of high tension on Monday to Rafah, in northern Sinai, Egypt. A moment that brought blood and victims: 24 policemen were killed while they were on board a bus. It was a real execution: the militants, the supporters of the former president Mohamed Morsi, have forced the vehicle to stop and ordered the police to come down and lie on the ground. Finally, they fired.

To complete the terrible picture another victim of the chaos is an Egyptian journalist from the pro-government daily Al-Ahram: the security forces have accidentally killed the head of the al-Ahram in the province of Buhayra, Tamer Abdel Raouf, while colleague from another newspaper always near Cairo, Al Gomhuriya, was injured. It looks like the sequel of what had been defined as “the weekend of blood”. The conflict began in Cairo: Saturday, after the ultimatum had expired, was started the onslaught of soldiers and police to the Mosque of Al-Fatah, which had been occupied from Friday by hundreds of supporters of former President. According to the status report provided by the authorities, the victims are almost 1,000, many of whom are civilians.
The last 24 hours have been arrested over 1,000 supporters, while the Egyptian Attorney General has accused of murder and terrorism 250 members of the “Muslim Brotherhood”. The latter, on Sunday, they had canceled two demostrations for safety reasons.
In these days are also dropping the charges against the former President Hosni Mubarak: in fact the period for preventive detention for corruption charges is expired. As his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb said, “maybe tomorrow” Mubarak will be released from prison after a year and a half of detention; he will go at his residence in Sharm El-Sheik on probation. However, on August 25 he will have to appear in Court to respond to accusations far more serious: he has not held the Egyptian Armed Forces, which during the revolution of January 2011 had fired on crowds in protest, killing about 850 civilians.
Yesterday, the General Al-Sissi, the commander of the Armed Forces, has spoke in front of the military leaders and the Minister of the Interior of a “dark tunnel of a religious conflict” adding, also, that “in Egypt there is space for everyone”.
Up against this delicate situation, the European Union took immediate steps: the President of the European Council Herman Von Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso had declaired, few days ago in a joint statement, that the EU, together with the Member States, will review the diplomatic relations with Egypt “and will adopt some measures to achieve these objectives” . “We can not justify violence and murders of the last days. Human rights must be respected”, we read in the press. And still, “ The EU will remain strongly engaged in efforts to promote an end to violence, the resumption of a political dialogue and for the return to the democratic process”, have affirmed both Presidents, highlighting the fact that Egypt is “a key partner, with whom we share interests and responsibilities for the maintenance of peace and stability in a strategic region”. Just today, the foreign ministers of the European Union met in Brussels to seek a common response to the crisis facing Egypt, try to put an end to the violence and promote a return to negotiations. [photo]