“We’re going to stay in the streets until our demands for early elections are met. The message is loud and clear through the number [of protesters] that came out yesterday,” National Salvation Front spokesperson Khaled Dawoud told USA Today. “I hope the Brotherhood will accept this and agree to early presidential elections.”
Sunday June 30, millions of protesters took to the streets of Cairo demanding that President Mohamed Morsi step down. Last year, on the same day President Morsi was inaugurated — the first democratic leader to head Egypt. Though because many believe his governing style has not changed much from the previous leader’s, Hosni Mubarak — who was driven out of office by protesters in 2011 — citizens have taken the establishment of a fair system into their own hands.
According to USA Today, anti-Morsi groups have given the President until next Tuesday to resign. Citizens rallied across Egypt and in Tahrir Square chanting: “Go out!” and “The people want the fall of the regime!”
Supporters of Morsi also joined the demonstrations supporting the President’s foundation of democracy. Political analyst Maze Hassan told USA Today that opposition party members and Morsi supporters will have to meet in the middle to effect change.
“At the end of the day, yesterday created and is creating huge political divisions. The best case scenario out of this crisis is that both camps, both pro and anti-Morsi camps, realize it’s impossible for any of them to totally defeat the other,” he said. “They need to sit and come up with a power-sharing formula by which they can govern the country in the months to come.”
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Opposition parties have expressed that they’ve surpassed considering a share of power — they want the nation’s leader out. Signatures were collected months prior to the June 30 demonstration, planned by The Tamarod campaign. And to make clear their position, protesters attacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters yesterday evening, USA Today reported. President Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and has strong ties to the Egyptian landmark.
When people on the inside of the building fought back and opened fire, several involved — including an American college student — were killed. At least five deaths, in connection to the protests, were reported in Northern Egypt. Still, analysts believe President Morsi will not give in.
“Stepping down for Morsi and his supporters is unimaginable,” Khalil Al-Anani, an Islamist movements and Egyptian politics expert said in the report.
As of Monday, Egypt’s communication, legal affairs, tourism, utilities and environment ministers have resigned. More protests, scheduled for Tuesday, will reiterate opposition party views, USA Today reported.