An American teacher guilty of nothing more than helping Egyptian school children learn English was stabbed to death while watching a demonstration against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
According to CNN International:
Andrew Pochter of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was stabbed Friday in the port city of Alexandria. He was in the country teaching English to elementary school children. "As we understand it, he was witnessing the protest as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester," his family said in a statement. "He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding."
Two years ago as Arab Spring was roiling across North Africa, a Cornell University website reminds us:
Inspired by the events in Tunisia, Egyptians gathered to protest on January 25, the national holiday Police Day, calling for an end to corruption, injustice, poor economic conditions, and the 30-year-old regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Street demonstrations quickly grew into a national revolutionary movement that in 18 days removed Mubarak and his National Democratic Party (NDP) from power.
The demonstrators -- largely focused in Cairo's Tahrir Square -- announced they would not leave until Mubarak was gone.
From yesterday's BBC World Service:
Huge protests across Egypt calling for the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi are continuing overnight. In Cairo, tens of thousands of people are massed in Tahrir Square and outside the presidential palace. They have vowed to stay on until Mr Morsi steps down.
In a slightly less "stiff upper lipped" version, the Arab News published in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia had this more dramatic take:
Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Muhammad Mursi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
Egypt is in the northeast corner of Africa. President Barack Obama is also in Africa, but he's as far away -- Pretoria, South Africa -- as you can be on the same continent.
The President said, boldly, he was "looking at the situation with concern." He said, according to the Reuters news agency that
"Every party has to denounce violence. We'd like to see the opposition and President Mursi engage in a more constructive conversation."