Egypt crackdown on Morsi supporters


Egypt is boiling once again ... the military has moved in to clear sit-ins by supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi. There is violence and bloodshed. We parse what this might mean for a country once seen as the hallmark for the Arab Spring? * Updated Segment *

Violent and deadly crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters

Violence has erupted in Cairo today as security forces clear pro-Morsi supporters from their sit-in camps. Protesters in Al-Nadha square have been removed, and there are continuing clashes in Rabaa square in Nasr City. There are conflicting reports of how many people have been killed, estimates range from a few dozen to three hundred.

Egypt on edge: key players, flashpoints, developments -- CBC News

British broadcaster Sky News has confirmed that one of their cameraman was shot and killed in the violence. And the 17-year-old daughter of a senior leader with the Muslim Brotherhood has also been killed.

Egypt declares state of emergency as death toll passes 100 -- CBC News

The interim Egyptian president has declared a state of emergency that will last a month. There is concern around the world.

The UN has condemned the violence and Canada's Foreign Affairs Minster John Baird has urged both parties to avoid violence, and engage in a meaningful political dialogue for the good of all Egyptians.

We were joined by two guests who are on the ground in Cairo amidst the violence:

  • Nadine Marroushi is a freelance journalist in Cairo. She says, she herself has counted 61 dead bodies. She is in a mosque that has been turned into a field hospital and it has been tear gased.

  • Gigi Ibrahim is an activist in Nasr City, near Cairo. She lives close to Rabaa square where the violence continues and says she can hear the gunfire from home.

This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello and Leif Zapf-Gijle.

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