In the above video, posted this week on Mosireen’s YouTube channel, the Cairo-based media collective challenges popular support for the army and police, while criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood’s “total failure in government” and accusing it of collusion with the military against the ideals of the revolution. The video features a poignant interview with the mother of Khaled Said, the young man whose death at the hands of the police sparked outrage that helped to fuel Egypt’s revolution. (This video contains graphic imagery.)
Background: On June 30, millions of protesters took to the streets across Egypt, calling for the removal of Mohammed Morsi one year after the Muslim Brotherhood politician became the country’s first democratically elected president. By July 3, Morsi, having refused an army ultimatum to accede to the demands of anti-government protesters, was ousted from his office and arrested. His supporters immediately described the events as a military coup, while most opposition activists hailed the continuation of the revolution that deposed Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Today, as an interim government presides over an unstable situation, the question of whether to call Morsi’s ouster a coup or a revolutionary event has become increasingly urgent—especially in the wake of grave massacres committed by Egypt’s security forces.