Middle East was always a region marked with conflicts. In latest developments most countries in this region are experiencing civil unrest. Adding to the mayhem is Egypt where fresh protests broke on Friday.
ALMOST IN every country of the troubled Middle East, people are fighting an autocratic government or leader. A pattern can be noticed in the Middle East that was sparked by a young man in Tunisia who set himself on fire in order to protest against the government when the police confiscated the fruits and the vegetables he was selling without permit. His suicide quickly turned into a national protest against the tyrant President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. This happened in December, this year, which had a snowball effect and soon other countries such as Yemen, Iran, Bahrain, Libya and Egypt took up their own causes and plunged into full scale skirmishes, sometime fully armed, against their respective government or leader.
On Friday Egypt again witnessed similar kind of scenes with people raiding the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. It was unbelievable as citizens could be seen throwing away documents outside the window, climbing over the walls and using a sledge hammer to inflict the maximum damage to the building. The uproar caused the ambassador and his family to leave the country. Things have gone from bad to worse between Israel and Egypt after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak used to work closely with the Israelis, which might be one of the reasons for his downfall.
Although it is known that Israel and Egypt entered a peace treaty in 1979, yet both the countries are arch rivals. It is what is popularly called a cold peace between the two countries. Although Egypt has played an unofficial mediator between Israel and Palestine, yet, somehow, many protests have sprung in the past against Israel. As far as Friday’s conduct goes, Egypt was all over the place with sporadic outbursts in front of the Embassy in the previous month. Incidents were few in the last uprisings but they have increased their protest regarding the peace treaty that was never supported by the common Egyptians.
However, Friday’s demonstration was more of a protest against the country's military rulers, with thousands gathering in Cairo and other cities. Matters went into a tailspin protestors pulled the Israeli flag down and replaced it with the Egyptian flag. The Israeli people were escorted to safety by the Egyptian police but no arrest was made. It was hours after that the military forces came with tear gases. Around 450 people were injured and 200 hospitalised. One person died due to cardiac arrest.
According to people the downfall of Mubarak was not the end of their mission, it was actually the beginning. September was the month when parliamentary elections were supposed to take place but in this upheaval whether that is possible is a tough question. Initially, the Egyptians thought that the military was for them but slowly they realised that it was far from the truth. The Egyptians want more transparent trials of former regime figures accused of corruption and a clear timetable for parliamentary elections. While the rest of the world
watches, Obama shows concern over the growing unrest in the Middle East.