October 8, 2013

Violence in Egypt


Scott: It has been nearly four months since Egypt’s military removed the country’s leader from power. And there has been civil unrest ever since. Keith Kocinski takes a look at the latest.

Keith: Egyptian security forces fired bullets into the air and tear gas into crowds of anti-government protesters. Dozens were killed, hundreds more were arrested in the latest crackdown this week against those protesting Egypt’s military-backed government. These clashes are the latest round of protests plaguing the country as it struggles to form a new government over the past two years.

It began in January 2011 when millions of people flooded Egyptian streets and called for their longtime president, Hosni Mubarak, to step down. They were successful and Mubarak was kicked out of power. The military took over until the country elected Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi had only been running the country about a year when people took to the streets in protest again this past June. The reason? Morsi’s ties to a conservative religious group, the Muslim Brotherhood, concern many Egyptians who fear their freedoms will be restricted by his views.

But Morsi supporters have been fighting back ever since, erupting again this past Sunday as the Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to rally for the return of Morsi to power.

Mona Mahmoud: I demand a return to legitimacy. The military took my vote and threw it in the garbage.

Keith: Hundreds of people from both sides have been killed in clashes. On Sunday, 50 people were killed and over 250 people were injured. These took place at multiple locations around Egypt’s capital city of Cairo, shown here on the map. Also, over 400 people were arrested.

The protests came on a special day for Egyptians as many marked the 40th anniversary of the country’s last war with Israel, a day of national pride.

Clashes spilled into Monday as an explosion struck a security headquarters near popular tourist resorts, killing two and wounding dozens. It didn’t end there. A gunman killed six Egyptian soldiers while they were sitting in a car at a checkpoint near the Suez Canal. And fighting seems to continue in Egypt with no end in sight.

Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.

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