Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bad News From Egypt

If any doubt remained that Egypt is a military dictatorship, last night's civil unrest and crackdown by the police and military have removed all doubt. As I type NPR is airing a description using words like massacre, bloodshed and bloodbath. At this point my Twitter timeline is not offering any signals that conditions are improving.

This link is in English. Go here for a string of details.
At least 43 people were reportedly killed on Wednesday as Egyptian police moved in on protesters camping out in support of deposed President Mohammed Mursi.
Two members of Egypt security forces killed by gunfire while breaking up the protests, the state news agency reported. 
The state news agency said security forces had started implementing a phased plan to disperse the protesters, which is almost certain to deepen political turmoil in Egypt. The operation began shortly after dawn when security forces surrounded the sprawling Rabaa al-Adawiya camp in east Cairo and a similar one at Nahda square, in the centre of the capital. 
Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Cairo said clashes between security forces and protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya had erupted early on in the swoop. 
An AFP correspondent counted 43 bodies at a makeshift morgue at Rabaa al-Adawiya, adding that many appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. There were no women or children among the dead, the correspondent said. 
Security forces fired tear gas into the sit-in in, and live images of Rabaa al-Adawiya showed smoke billowing from the square and military helicopters flying overhead.
(More at the link.)

Raid on Muslim Brotherhood camp near #Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque continues

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