US 'tried to hijack Egypt's uprising'

2012-02-13 14:10

Cairo - An Egyptian minister widely seen as the driving force behind trials of foreign pro-democracy activists, including Americans, told prosecutors that the United States tried to hijack the country's uprising, official media reported on Monday.

International co-operation minister Fayza Abul Naga, one of the few remaining ministers from ousted president Hosni Mubarak's government, made the accusation in statements to investigating judges in October, the official MENA news agency reported.

The impending trials of 44 activists, including 19 Americans, have deepened a rift between the traditional allies, with the State Department hinting that the crackdown could jeopardise American aid to Egypt.

Abul Naga said "the January 25 uprising came as a surprise to the United States, and it slipped from its control when it transformed into a people's revolution."

"That was when the United States decided to use all its resources and instruments to contain the situation and push it in a direction that promotes American and also Israeli interests," the agency quoted her as saying.

MENA reported that a judicial investigation into the funding of several civil society groups found that the United States had diverted aid promised for infrastructure to the NGOs.

Illegal foreign funding

Cairo prosecutors backed by police in December stormed the offices of the US-funded International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House as part of a probe into the NGO's alleged illegal foreign funding.

They were among 17 offices of local and international NGOs raided.

The crackdown was part of a wider campaign by Egypt's military rulers to silence dissent after months of criticism of its human rights record, analysts said.

The ruling generals, who took charge of the country after an uprising forced president Hosni Mubarak to resign a year ago, traditionally had close ties with the United States, the Egyptian military's most generous foreign benefactor.

The aid workers are accused of "setting up branches of international organisations in Egypt without a license from the Egyptian government" and of "receiving illegal foreign funding".

  • Fidel - 2012-02-13 16:32

    Well spotted Sir, you must remain vigilant of the western forces as they are opposed to your freedom and sovereignty even though they like to scream "freedom and democracy" infront of the intl community.

      Anthony - 2012-02-13 19:21

      Make up your mind. The one day the US and Europe are blamed to have organised these uprisings, and than when this sounds more ridiculous by the day, they try another angle; now they hijacked the uprisings. What is so difficult to understand ???????????????????? The people of North Africa and the Middle East, are sooooooo sick and tired of these corrupt violent THUGS , whose families have ruled them for the last 30 to 40 ( THIRTY TO FOURTY YEARS !!!! ) that EVERY SINGLE DAY they are prepared to DIE for their cause, so that their children will be able to live in a CIVALIZED soceity. And they, THE OPPOSITION to these TYRANTS, are sooooo dererrent, THEY WILL WIN !!!!!!!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-14 12:34

    The US has a history of interfering and manipulating world affairs as well as actively violating the very human rights they claim to be protecting. It would come as no surprise to learn that the US was actively involved in trying to control and direct the uprising or that they were placing agents within the demonstrators groups. The uprising in Egypt has achieved nothing other than to heighten tensions and destabilize the country and its economy, and at the present the best possible outcome would involve either a victory by the present "dictatorship, or a take over by Muslim radicals, neither option being viable to the west. The US has never been successful in bringing peace to any country it has ever been involved in, which brings their true intentions into question.

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