Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in Egypt, as security forces moved in on Wednesday morning to clear two protest camps in Cairo. Christof Lehmann, Consultant in politics at Lehmann International Services from Denmark, gave the Voice of Russia his comment on the situation.
0The government is breaking up the protest camps as it did promise but yesterday it was reported that the government was still contemplating the possibility of peaceful resolution to the conflict. What do you make of the latest government move to break up the camps? Was it a wise decision?
0I think it was a very wise decision, but first let me tell you that I have been talking with eye-witnesses this morning and the ammunition that was used was used by snipers and it may very well be foreign element who have been shooting at protesters too to stir up violence. It was a wise move because over the last days there have been several attacks against Christians in North Sinai, Minya, and Sohag, in the Sinai Peninsula and there is an attempt to create sectarian violence in the Sinai, and getting on the US, and as the Egyptian Ambassador said, we can very well expect Egypt being targeted for Balkanization.
0You mentioned foreign forces that are possibly responsible for the sniper shooting during these demonstrations but do you have any indication as to who these foreign forces exactly were and who might stand behind them? What kind of motives could possibly exist?
0We have very good indications who may stand behind that because there have been infiltrations by the Hamas movement and cooperation between the Hamas militants and Muslim Brotherhood elements, and some Salafists, but they are more supported by Saudi Arabia. But the Muslim Brotherhood and the Hamas movement is actually cooperating very closely with the government of Qatar, and one other reason that Qatar is interested in stirring up this violence especially in the Sinai Peninsula is that there has been accord in 2012 about creation of the free-trade zone in the Sinai and cooperation between Qatar, the Morsi administration at that time and Hamas.
0What do you think Qatar’s final plan really is, what do they want to achieve if they are involved?
0Qatar foreign policy is prolongation of the long arm of British Empire. So, we could see an attempt to create instability what military strategists would call creator’s chaos in Egypt in an attempt to establish NATO control over the Suez Channel for example.
0So you think this could actually have the UK behind this?
0It is very likely to have the UK, the US and Qatar, and to a certain extent also Saudi Arabia behind this.
0If that is what exactly is going on, how can we expect the situation to further develop?
0That depends on how the interim government and the Egyptian military is managing this situation now and if it succeeds at stopping the violence before it gets all over the country, they could be successful at saving the nation of Egypt.
0Do you think it hasn’t gone past the point where it can be peacefully saved?
0Yes, I think it can be peacefully saved because the Egyptian military is quite self-confident and quite defiant against the US. The US has tried to stab the Egyptian people in the back with the Muslim Brotherhood.