Act As If
The government is always acting as if it is a really elected government in hope that people will believe it is. (Also reminds me of an old, hideous lady who decided all of a sudden to act as if she was a pretty young girl, and start talking about "new vision"). They are acting as if the demonstrations are such a trivial matter that isn't at all worrying them, in the hope that we will believe this, and in turn be dissuaded from participating. They're acting as if they mean what they say about how what the judges are doing (striking and voicing their dissent) is really shameful to the "respect of the judge and justice", hoping that the judge will feel ashamed by this (but not that one of their own was beaten in front of the Judges Club).
The MB is even more skilled at this game. They're acting as if they're the strongest political force in the country, hoping that everybody will believe this and be intimidated into joining them or at least avoiding them (but why did they run for 120 seats of the 444 of the parliament...hmm..I wonder). They act as if they're the strongest force between students in student unions (read Rosa Al-Youssef article about how they're penetrating the AUC student union--I know a couple of things about that, and believe me they're a considerable force, but far from being able to sway an elections there), hoping that we believe that they have the universities in their pocket. They act as if they control all professional syndicates, but they always fail to win the presidency of any of those syndicates.
In all those instances, the MB is trying to intimidate elected representatives and officials into caving in to their demands and agendas without being in the center of any controversy. Or even worse, without suffering any losses (like that which they would have suffered had they ran for the 444 seats of the parliament) which will be just defying to their whole strategy.
Why is the government doing the "Act as if" ?...They just think we're clueless.