The army, which laid out a road map back towards democracy on Wednesday, has suspended the constitution and placed president Morsi and other prominent members of his party under arrest. It is possible they will now be tried for conspiring to kill protesters.
The acting president, Adli Mansour, told Egyptians Thursday that they had “corrected the path of its glorious revolution,” as the military took control of the country for the second time in less than three years following popular upheaval. Once again, protests focused on the dismal state of Egypt's economy, as president Morsi failed to lessen shortages of electricity and gas.
Members of both the liberal and ultra-conservative wings of Egyptian politics endorsd the military takeover, which the United States has not acknowledged as a coup, while military tanks run through the streets of Cairo as the military begins cracking down on Islamist political groups and media.
"We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian Constitution,” President Obama told reporters yesterday.
Mr. Morsi released a final speech Wednesday night before his website was shut down by the military, condemning the military action as “a complete military coup which is categorically rejected by all the free people of the country who have struggled so that Egypt turns into a civil democratic society.”
Crowds in Tahrir Square have thinned as Egyptians returned to work on Thursday, once again under control of a military that has never stepped too far away from the leadership of the country.