Forget the old guns vs. butter dichotomy. The Muslim Brotherhood is on bread vs. tear gas. With the Egyptian economy on the verge of collapse, its currency devalued and its fuel and food reserves dangerously low, it’s investing its remaining money in more ways of suppressing political protests from the opposition by buying tear gas.
Various activists have slammed the Egyptian government for purchasing 140,000 canisters of teargas worth 1.7 million pounds (around US $2.55 million) at a time when its foreign reserves are at critically low and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan has been delayed
Egypt’s interior ministry made the emergency order at the end of January
It came at the start of a week of civil unrest sparked by protests against President Mohamed Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood, and police malpractice, it reported.
But don’t worry, the Brotherhood is buying guns too. Lots and lots of guns.
An Egyptian security official said Saturday that the interior ministry has agreed to purchase 100,000 new 9 mm pistols after low-ranking policemen went on strike demanding greater firepower to defend themselves against increased lawlessness.
The announcement ended five days of strikes by thousands of low-ranking policemen that threatened to further unravel security in the Arab world’s most populous nation
With guns and tear gas, who needs bread?