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Current Event Cat of the Day: Egyptian State of Emergency

Current EVent Cat - Egypt Emergency

Reagan’s gone for two weeks and Egypt still hasn’t sorted out it’s problems! The latest in Egypt’s spiral towards self-destruction is that the presidency has declared a state of emergency.

The emergency of course being that dozens of people were killed when government security forces stormed protest camps in Cairo.

The protest camps had been occupied by protesters loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in early July. Riot police decided that next on their list of things to depose were the protesters. And depose they did! Security forces swept in with armoured vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters on Wednesday to clear two sprawling encampments of Morsi supporters. Not surprisingly, there was a bit of a scuffle between the two sides and some pro-Morsi activists ended up being killed while others ended up being chased into the nearby zoo and Cairo University.

The two sides couldn’t even agree on the number of casualties: Security forces say 95 people have been killed. But the Muslim Brotherhood, which backed the protests, says hundreds have died. The 17-year-old daughter of leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed el-Beltagy was among the dead, as well as a cameraman working for Sky news and a reporter for Gulf News.

The incident led Interim President Adly Mansour to declare a month long state of emergency. Desperate to get things under his control, Mansour has ordered the armed forces to support the police in efforts to restore law and order and protect state facilities. But overall the government is pretty pleased with their efforts so far. In a televised statement, a government spokesman congratulated the security forces on the their successful operation to clear the camps and praised their “self-restraint”, highlighting the “smaller number” of injuries among protesters. Success! Egyptian style.

Via: Current Event Cats & BBC News

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