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A Bad Moon Over Egypt

An Egyptian court earlier today convicted and sentenced 529 protesters to death for their participation in anti-government protests following the army's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. In perhaps the largest mass trial in recent Egyptian history, the court in Minya, just south of Cairo, took just two sessions, to convict the 529 Morsi supporters, acquit 16 and to impose the death sentence. Most of the protesters were tried in absentia, some 150 were en-mass before the court. Following Morsi's toppling by the Egyptian Army last July, thousands of protesters, loyal to the Islamist, led a number of sit-ins across Egypt. The army killed hundreds as they disbanded the sit-ins; and in protest, Morsi supporters attacked security installations across Egypt including Minya, where a police station was attacked, a policeman was killed, others injured, and hundreds of protesters subsequently placed under arrest. Those convicted earlier today were accused of killing that lone policeman, attempting to kill two others, and with using violence. Tomorrow, the same court, will try another 600 plus protesters on similar charges. All these protesters are accused Muslim Brotherhood members and the group has since been outlawed by the military backed government in Egypt. But in outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood, which had gained legitimacy and won a democratic election with Morsi as head, then to overthrow Morsi, the army in Egypt is hovering a bad moon over Egypt's future. These draconian acts by the army under the cloak of the Egyptian judiciary, will result in nothing less than a re-radicalization of the old Muslim Brotherhood and a radicalization of  younger members. In light of the state of affairs in Egypt, a  violent unstable environment looms in the balance.