Central Cairo erupted into scenes of celebration following the ousting of President Mursi.
Fireworks and flags were in abundance, with cheers and the chanting of pro army slogans from those who had camped out in Tahrir Square since Sunday.
“This is the happiest day of my life,” said one anti-Mursi protester. He has left and he is a traitor and I will now forget his name because he didn’t do anything good for me or for the country.”
Correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, in Tahrir Square said:
“The military intervention resolved the political dispute, which Egypt had suffered from since Mursi took power. This Intervention has achieved the wishes of the demonstrators here, but the other side read it as a soft military coup which may push the country for the third time in conflict.”
Shock and bitter disappointment quickly turned to anger among Mursi supporters as they learned of his removal. Over 50 percent of Egyptians had voted for him and the Muslim Brotherhood one year ago.
“The legitimacy is with President Mursi and we will die for his sake. He came via the ballot box, then he must leave via the ballot box, not by force. What then is the use of an election and democracy?” complained one Mursi loyalist.
Analysts are saying with the population now deeply divided the next 48 hours could be significant as those who feel betrayed decide how to respond.
Euronews Cairo correspondent Mohamed Shaikhibrahim
“After several attempts to enter the square where the Muslim Brotherhood supporters were protesting, in an area of Cairo called Rabea Adaweya, we finally managed after taking small back streets and alleys and bypassing the barriers of the Egyptian army, which had put tanks at the entrances and exits of the square. It was four o’clock in the morning by the time we had got there.
“The Egyptian army was preventing anybody from getting in or out of the square, and some demonstrators there, some of whom were wounded, told us that they been attacked twice during the night by unknown people who opened fire on them. They told us that the Egyptian army was arresting any protester trying to leave the square on to go home; some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood were present in the square, and they got protection from the demonstrators when the army began looking for them. So they appear to consider the square as a shelter.
“The protesters welcomed me, and told me that Euronews was the first channel to penetrate the security barriers and get access to the area; they asked us to show clearly to our viewers what’s going in, to show the fact they are still there, and to show they are surrounded by the army, that they are forbidden from communicating with the outside world after the Egyptian army shut off all the Muslims Brotherhood’s TV channels. The pro-government protesters in the square appeared extremely fatigued, they say due lack of sleep. There was also a look of extreme sadness on their faces because of the departure of Mursi. We saw many people crying and asking the God to help them.”
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