AS YET another trial of a deposed Egyptian president opened Monday morning it was a canny street hawker who may best have captured Egypt’s mood. His hopeful assumption was that, as with last year’s trial of Hosni Mubarak, the dictator overthrown by Egypt’s January 2011 revolution, clashing crowds would mingle outside the improvised courtroom at a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo. So he stocked wares to attract both sides.
For supporters of Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood figurehead who was toppled from the presidency in July, he offered photos of the fallen ruler along with stickers featuring a yellow hand giving the four-fingered salute that has become a symbol of protest against the coup. Backers of the coup could instead choose Egyptian flags, or posters of the current strongman, army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.