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    More Clashes in Egypt Despite State of Emergency

    A protester part of the Black Bloc, holds the Egyptian national flag during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt,  Jan. 28, 2013.
    A protester part of the Black Bloc, holds the Egyptian national flag during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 28, 2013.
    Elizabeth Arrott
    Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt on Monday, after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi declared a 30-day state of emergency in three provinces at the center of deadly anti-government riots.
     
    Demonstrators defied the imposition of emergency law in Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez, vowing to continue to protest.
     
    Many in the political opposition have also rebuffed the president, saying Monday that they would not take part in his call for a national dialogue to help ease the tensions.
     
    Mohammed ElBaradei, who heads the opposition Dostour Party, spoke at a news conference, even as violence flared in the capital.
     
    The Nobel Prize winner said opposition forces are ready for dialogue, but not a dialogue that they know "will just lead to a dead end."
     
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    January 28, 2013 4:33 PM
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    The violence began last week as Egyptians marked the second anniversary of their revolution. It erupted again after a Cairo court sentenced to death 21 people, many of them Port Said residents, for their role in a deadly football riot last year.
     
    The nationwide unrest shows deep divisions in the aftermath of the uprising.
     
    President Morsi enjoys the support of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. But other Egyptians complain of a deteriorating economy and a failure to address such questions as social justice.
     
    The wrath of many taking to the streets is focused on the police.

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    ​In Port Said and elsewhere, fans, known as Ultras, have long been suspicious of Interior Ministry forces, which they accuse of excessive use of force and lack of accountability.
     
    Political activist and prominent blogger Wael Khalil said that there are numerous sources of discontent, but the overwhelming cause of the current unrest is anger at the police, which he says has remained unaccountable for decades.
     
    "This is really an intact institution of the old regime and it's continuing, and now it seems like Morsi and the Brotherhood are embracing it as their own," he said.
     
    Khalil said that imposing emergency law will not solve an underlying problem of police impunity and the anger it provokes, adding, that until the president addresses the issue, "he is just harming himself."

    Watch video of analysis by political activist Wael Khalil




    Egypt's Cabinet approved on Monday a draft law allowing Mr. Morsi to deploy the army to assist the police in providing security, including arresting civilians.
     
    Nearly 50 people have died in violence that began last Thursday. Port Said has been the worst-hit area, with at least 37 people killed.
     
    • Pro and anti-government protesters throw stones during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, January 30, 2013.
    • Egyptian riot police arrest a man during clashes with protesters near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, January 30, 2013.
    • Protesters celebrate the capture of a state security armored vehicle that demonstrators commandeered during clashes with security forces and brought to nearby Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, January 28, 2013.
    • Protesters use camera phones to capture a burning state security armored vehicle that demonstrators commandeered, brought to Tahrir Square and set alight, Cairo, Egypt, January 28, 2013.
    • Egyptian riot police clash with protesters, not seen, near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 27, 2013.
    • Egyptians carry the coffin of a man killed protests a day earlier in Port Said, Egypt, January 27, 2013.
    • Smoke rises after Egyptian protesters clash with police, unseen, in Port Said, Egypt, January 27, 2013.
    • A riot police officer gestures during clashes with protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throwing stones at him near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2013.
    • A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throws a tear gas canister, earlier thrown by riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2013.
    • Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throw stones towards riot police during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2013.

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    by: Tau from: Tawengwa
    January 29, 2013 8:59 AM
    Egypt where is your victory? http://zimrays.wordpress.com/2011/03/page/2/

    by: khalifa from: Egypt
    January 28, 2013 7:45 PM
    muslim brotherhod is not the good choice for egyptians ,as they deceptive

    by: ali baba from: new york
    January 28, 2013 6:44 PM
    Egypt is dead.is that the beginning the third world war????????

    by: Abbas Sharqawe from: Egypt
    January 28, 2013 6:22 PM
    the Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a war against Israel - they think that a war against Israel will unite the country behind Islam.
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    by: Paris Tun from: Myanmar
    January 29, 2013 4:16 AM
    Really??? Are they ( Muslim Brotherhood) dumb and evil enough to have that kind of hateful and pathetic ideology. I don't think, the Egyptians are asking for a war against Israel. They just want their basis rights and freedom to pursue their decent hopes and dreams, I think.
    At the end of the day, It is NOT Israel which is making the Egyptians people crazy and wild. The lack of basis rights and freedom, religious fanatics are making the Egyptians people, coming out on streets and showing their frustration and anger.

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