Egyptians demand better. Protests continue nationwide. On January 27, curfews were established in major cities. Morsi declared a 30-day state of emergency. He could extend it indefinitely.
Mubarak's 30 year dictatorship enforced it. Egyptians hated it. Sweeping government powers were established. Anyone considered dangerous could be indefinitely detained without charge.
Morsi claims dictatorial executive powers. Constitutional rights don't matter. Nor does press freedom. Security forces can detain protesters indefinitely. They can be held uncharged. They can tried in military courts.
Morsi told Egyptians what to expect, saying:
"I always said I'm against any exceptional measures, but I also said I might resort to such measures if I had to. I may even do more for the sake of Egypt, it's my duty."
"I instructed interior ministry officials to deal strictly with whoever threatens the people, public, and private institutions."
Protests remain ongoing. Security forces confront them violently. Live ammunition killed dozens. Hundreds were injured. Muslim Brotherhood offices were attacked. So were police stations and other government buildings.
Morsi and Egyptian junta leaders invited National Salvation Front opposition representatives to "broad national dialogue that would be attended by independent national characters."
They refused. He asked all political parties to participate. Opposition activist Ayman Fayed told Voice of Russia he believes Washington is manipulating events covertly.
He said Obama officials want Egypt isolated. They want Russian and Chinese regional influence marginalized. They want unchallenged control.
They've been "encouraging Islamists to thwart the much aspired freedom." It remains to be seen what's next. Turmoil shows no signs of ending.
Egyptians demand democracy. Morsi hijacked it. Most Egyptians consider Muslim Brotherhood leadership illegitimate and corrupt.
It broke major promises made. Dictatorial rule is policy. Conditions are worse than under Mubarak. Egyptians demand better. Clashes continue. Resolution remains distant.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."