Lawlessness grips the Nile: mob crime plunges Egypt back to a darker age
Some may have predicted that former president Hosni Mubarak's downfall would lead to greater riches for Egypt. A time of relative darkness under dictatorship by rights would give way to illumination and progress. At the time, people were living in poor conditions and many questioned why life was so harsh when the country generated so much revenue.
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But ever since Mubarak was usurped in 2011, Egypt has seen an increase in violence - from vigilantes hanging thieves, to sprees of kidnappings, murder and also rape.
Yet the mayhem under Mohammad Morsi's rule doesn’t end there.
Companies have become less willing to sell gas to the country, causing long lines and petroleum shortages. Further, the World Economic Forum has declared the country as one of the world’s most dangerous tourist destinations - a huge blow to a country that heavily relies on that sector.
Also, its stash of foreign reserves is a reflection of a state teetering on financial collapse.
Recently, a criminal court in Cairo ordered the release of Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, from prison.
Meanwhile, organizers of a campaign aiming to “withdraw confidence” from current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced in a press conference on Sunday that they had gathered 13 million signatures since petitions were first collected on May 1.
The “Tamarod” (rebellion) campaign has attracted global media attention for planning mass protests on June 30; the date marking Morsi’s first anniversary in power, so more civil unrest may be just around the corner.
Plebs on a power bender are putting the fear of God into Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt as a spike in vigilante violence and mob madness leaves the country in a state of terror and turmoil. Here's a look at how the Arab world's leading light has been snuffed out and in turn plunged into insecurity and gloom.
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