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Egypt: Neither Coup Nor Revolution

The recent clashes in Egypt suggest the country still has not realized the potential of its revolution.
Signs of the "Rabaa" or "four" are seen during a protest against the military by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near Rabaa al-Adaweya square in Cairo, October 4, 2013. Five people were killed in clashes on Friday as supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets of Cairo and other cities to demand the end of army-backed rule. The marches were the most ambitious attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to press its demands since August

The unprecedented level of clashes in Egypt since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi is definitely not in tune with the history and traditions of the Egyptian people.

What has recently been taking place, however, especially the "celebration" of the Egyptian army's October 1973 success in repelling Israeli attacks has unfortunately been less celebratory than violent. This is also to a large extent unprecedented in Egyptian history.

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