14 August - dispersal of Pro-Morsi sit-ins
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Virginie Nguyen

Poll: 67% of Egyptians satisfied with sit-in dispersals

A recent poll has suggested that 67 percent of Egyptians are satisfied with the way the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins were dispersed by security forces last week. This left 24 percent displeased with the way the sit-ins were dispersed, and 9 percent saying they cannot judge.

The poll, conducted by Baseera between August 19 and 21, surveyed 1395 people across Egypt’s governorates.

It said that 17 percent of respondents thought the protesters camped at Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda were peaceful, while 67 percent disagreed.

Only 23 percent of those polled felt security forces used excessive force in dispersing the sit-ins, compared to 65 percent who felt otherwise.

On August 14, security forces forcibly dispersed the two sit-ins, set up six weeks previously by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Six hundred people were killed and thousands injured during the dispersals and in the nationwide clashes they triggered.

The dispersals left 288 people dead according to the official toll from the Health Ministry, while Human Rights Watch estimates the number to be much higher, at 377 dead.

This number was not found to be significantly high for 34 percent of the respondents, while 56 percent felt the causalities were high.

The high death toll was blamed on the protesters by 62 percent of respondents, while only 13 percent hold the security forces accountable.

Baseera said it decided not to conduct the poll immediately after the sit-ins were dispersed to give the public a chance to gather information and better evaluate the situation. 

Seventy percent of Egyptians said the time given to negotiations with the protesters was enough, while 25 percent said more time should have been given.

Seventy-eight percent of those surveyed disagreed with international reactions to the dispersal of the sit-ins, while only 8 percent found the reactions justifiable. 

Several countries have declared punitive measures in reaction to the violence of the dispersals. The US and Turkey strongly condemned the violence, while the European Union also said it will “urgently review in the coming days its relations with Egypt.”

Baseera, an Egyptian organization for researching public opinion, was founded in April 2012.