Live feed from Cairo's Tahrir Square Wednesday showing millions of Egyptian protesters celebrating as the Egyptian army's deadline passed for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to respond to protesters' demands. From PBS:
Earlier Wednesday, Essam al-Haddad, a top foreign policy advisor to Morsi, warned in a statement posted to his Facebook page that what is happening in Egypt is a military coup:
As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page.
For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup. […]
You have heard much during the past 30 months about ikhwan excluding all others. I will not try to convince you otherwise today. Perhaps there will come a day when honest academics have the courage to examine the record. ….
The State Department said Wednesday that it was not taking sides, but it was disappointed that Morsi, in his speech Tuesday, did not offer more steps responding to protesters' demands.
“There are broad immediate steps that could be taken, [including] to call for an end to the violence, specifically violence against women; and… take steps to engage with [all parties, including] the opposition and the military,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
“We haven't taken sides, and we're not planning on taking sides,” Psaki said. “We are on the side of the Egyptian people.”
The US Embassy in Cairo was closed since Sunday because of the unrest, and will be closed Thursday for the American Independence Day holiday.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Tuesday, though Amr was reported to have resigned according to some accounts. The Pentagon said that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Tuesday also spoke with Egyptian Army chief Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
See from Al-Monitor's front page today: Zenobia Azeem on Egyptian police on the fence; Mohannad Sabry on Morsi's defiance; and on the Muslim Brotherhood fighting for its legacy–not Morsi; Wael Nawara on Egyptian identity; and Ben Caspit on Israel's cautious optimism on Egypt.