Social media buzz: an uprising in Egypt, and a debate about immigration reform
Two issues that got USA TODAY Opinion readers talking this week involved mass protests that got a leader thrown out of office, and the Senate-approved immigration reform bill that looks unlikely to pass the Republican-led House.
Should Egypt's President Morsi have stayed in power, or was the overthrow justified?
- After only a year in office, mass protests in Tahrir Square and a military ultimatum forced Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi out of office. He has been replaced by interim President Adly Mansour. Many are noting the similarities to the 2011 protests that led to the resignation of then-leader Hosni Mubarak, paving the way for Morsi.
- Egyptians celebrate after Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour is sworn in as the nation's interim president on July 4. (Photo: Amr Nabil, AP)
- USA TODAY's Editorial Board wrote "Egypt is left in the difficult position of building a credible democracy after repudiating one." Other views came from the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Al-Jazeera, and more:
- Here's what USA TODAY readers had to say on Facebook:
- Not so, it was the finest kind of Democracy. Peaceful crowds seeking the ouster of a politician that placed himself above the people that voted him in. He changed the Constitution for what he wanted not the majority of Egyptians. He was seeking to use his position to become a Dictator and the Egyptians knew all about Dictators. I have served with the Egyptian Military Forces and they are fine Democratic Soldiers and stepped in when the people wanted the Muslim Brotherhood stopped. Egypt is far more secular then most Arab countries and turing back the clock of Democracy is not what they wanted from Morsi, Now is the time to let Egyptians decide their own fate. Hopefully the Obama Administration will let them do just that.
- I look at it this way... it could have been much worse. Islamic based government is a disaster in my opinion, but when the army stepped in on behalf of the "mob" they did consult with all concerned parties including Coptic Christians. I would consider that a very good sign. Army takeover maybe not a good thing, but all else seems to have resulted in little bloodshed and at least an appearance of inclusiveness for all Egyptians. Let's give this a chance and see where it goes.
- The massive protest was the best kind of democracy. The point this article makes is very valid: military takeovers can never be classified as democracy. It doesnt matter how much you hate the current government. Do you think the military is going to cede any of it's enormous power if Egypt really does go democratic? Do you think their actions of blocking Brotherhood TV stations and banning members of the group from Egypt is democratic? If so are dangerously and sloppily re-defining democracy.
- There was also much feedback on the USA TODAY front page article Egypt: Revolution or power grab?
- Here's what people were saying outside USA TODAY:
- A live webcam of Tahrir Square:
- The interim President Adly Mansour gives his first speech:
- President Obama stated: "Ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people."
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