Personal lives in upheaval
From Suez to Alexandria, security forces waged battle with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi Morsi and anti-coup demonstrators. As you may have heard in the news--a number of police officers have been killed in the Sinai. All of this-- as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood calls for a fresh wave of marches.
But Egypt's Military leader General Abdel Sisi sounded calm and assured yesterday when he made this statement in a national, televised speech:
"The Egyptian people are free to choose whom they want to rule them. And we are the protectors of this free will. The army and the police are now the defenders of people's free will to chose their leaders. This is the truth!"Egypt's Military leader General Abdel Sisi
It is unclear whether the Muslim Brotherhood will be outlawed all together. The cabinet is expected to meet later this week to make a decision.
Meanwhile, the situation on the ground remains tense, and Canadians have been caught up in the violence. A doctor and a professor from Toronto's York University - are confirmed to be detained by Egyptian police. We don't know exactly when or why they were arrested.
And at least one Canadian resident has died. Amr Kassem was 26 years old. He lived in Toronto. This summer, he travelled to Egypt for a family vacation with his wife, Asmaa Hussein, and their nine month daughter. His wife says Amr was shot in the head on Friday.
Since last Wednesday, upwards of a thousand people have died as a result of political unrest in Egypt.
To get a sense of how Egyptians are coping through the political unrest, we spoke to three Egyptians.
Our next guest is interested in how the recent violence has affected the outlook of Egyptians, his organization has been polling Egyptians to try to better understand how they feel about their country following the revolution:
This segment was produced by The Current's Vanessa Greco, Jess deMello and Theresa Burke.
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