(Anti) Coup Memes

Over the last few days I’ve noticed a proliferation of  “anti coup” terminology memes/pictures around the internet. The term coup, or coup d’état, is popularly defined as “the sudden deposition of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military.”  However, Morsi wasn’t ousted because of the independent actions of a few people with power – he was ousted because millions of Egyptians poured into the streets to demand his overthrow. That being said, there are (as we saw in the violent clashes in Cairo last night) thousands of pro-Morsi supporters who are not happy with this latest move by the army and the rest of their fellow Egyptians, and who very much see the army’s action as illegitimate, hence, a coup. While the terminology debate may seem ridiculous to many Americans, the “what do we call it” question is already determining how the rest of the world reacts to this event, including whether or not Egypt continues to receive $1.5 billion in aid from the U.S. What makes the matter even more confusing is that not everyone is in agreement about what this event should be called instead. I’ve heard everything from “second revolution,” to “second wave of the first revolution,” to “popular uprising” to “a people’s coup with the army’s help.” Here’s an article on this discussion on Jadaliyya (originally posted by Mada Masr, a new news site created by some of Egypt Independent’s former employees) and here’s a sample of what’s been circulating:

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5 thoughts on “(Anti) Coup Memes

  1. Linda Jo says:

    Thank you Lexi for writing these posts. They are informative and interesting and a fresh perspective in the midst of a lot of standard media presentations. I know I can trust the facts and also feel that you write from the heart. By the way – this was the first place I chose to visit for my morning updates!

  2. Gayle says:

    I also want to thank you for your heart felt postings.
    I work with Linda Jo and got to meet your cute husband recently 🙂 I of course am very interested in what is happening in Egypt and other current affairs. Reading your Blog is like having our very own journalist to describe a situation ( an understatement) of something I could not begin to imagine, because I live in America..
    Be safe 🙂

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