Violence grips Egypt as protesters defy Morsi’s decree

The Australian

VIOLENCE has gripped Egypt for a fifth straight day as Egypt’s main opposition bloc turned down an invitation to hold talks with President Mohamed Morsi and called instead for fresh mass protests.

A man was killed as police and protesters clashed in Cairo and lobbed rocks at each other on a bridge in an underpass leading to the capital’s iconic Tahrir Square as tear gas hung heavily in the air.

The clashes continued sporadically throughout the day, witnesses said, accusing gunmen of opening fire on the demonstrators from rooftops.

“There are many people wounded by gunfire,” Ahmad Doma, an activist at the scene, told AFP in the evening. He blamed the shootings on Muslim Brotherhood-linked militiamen.

A security source said two offices and nine soldiers were also injured in clashes around Tahrir Square, and that protesters torched two personnel carriers.

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7 Replies to “Violence grips Egypt as protesters defy Morsi’s decree”

  1. Egypt protesters come to aid of ransacked Intercontinental hotel

    Armed groups break into Semiramis hotel off Tahrir Square, shoot at employees and guests early Tuesday; anti-government demonstrators ward off looters as security forces fail to arrive

    Dozens of armed assailants raided and looted the InterContinental Semiramis hotel on Cairo’s Nile Corniche, while staff desperately called for help via their official Twitter account, in the early hours of Tuesday morning amid fierce clashes between protesters and security forces.

    Anti-government demonstrators secured the besieged hotel and helped hotel guests flee until they were safely in taxis to the airport, as the police and the army failed to come to their aid.

    […]Ahmed Ibrahim, another InterContinental guard described 40 men armed with birdshot guns, knives and a semi-automatic weapon, approach the hotel around 2.30am.

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  2. Marches across Egypt in solidarity with Suez Canal cities

    Opposition groups to march on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in solidarity with Suez, Ismailia and Port Said which are under curfew following days of violence

    President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed a curfew from 9pm to 6am on the protest-filled cities of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez.

    “No to the isolation of the canal, no to the state of emergency,” will be the slogan of the protests, said Egyptian Popular Current spokesperson Hossam Mo’nes.

    The marches will take place across the country on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Constitution Party, Karama Party, Revolutionary Socialists, and others have announced their participation.

    On Monday evening, thousands of people in the Canal cities chanted anti-Morsi and anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans, ignoring the 9pm to 6am curfew.

    Egyptian Popular Current has postponed a convoy scheduled to leave for Port Said on Tuesday due to security restrictions.

    On Tuesday, a Port Said solidarity march will leave Cairo’s Talaat Harb Street at 9pm and end at Ramses Square.

    On Wednesday, a Suez solidarity march will leave Rabaa’ El Adaweyya mosque in Nasr City at 9pm.

    On Thursday, an Ismailia solidarity march will leave Nasr El-Din mosque in Haram and end at Dokki Square.

  3. NYT – Chief of Egypt’s Army Warns of ‘Collapse’ as Chaos Mounts

    CAIRO — Egypt’s top military officer warned Tuesday of the potential “collapse of the state” if political forces in the country did not reconcile, reflecting growing impatience with the country’s growing unrest.

    In a speech to military cadets that was distributed as a statement, Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, the defense minister, publicly warned Egypt’s new Islamist leaders and their opponents that “their disagreement on running the affairs of the country may lead to the collapse of the state and threatens the future of the coming generations.” As such, General Sisi suggested, the polarization of the civilian politics was becoming a concern of the military because “to affect the stability of the state institutions is a dangerous matter that harms Egyptian national security.”

    His remarks came as violence in Cairo began to escalate. During clashes between riot police and protesters along the Nile Corniche early on Tuesday, the fighting spilled into one of the city’s luxury hotels, leaving the lobby in ruins.

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