Muslim Brotherhood will march today as Egypt wakes under a state of emergency after violence that left 421 dead
24 hours of violent clashes left at least 421 dead and 3,572 injured
Thursday 15 August 2013
The Egyptian people spent their first night under curfew as a month-long state of emergency was declared across the country, following violent scenes that left hundreds dead and many more seriously injured.
As the 7pm local time to 6am curfew ended, Egypts’ Muslim Brotherhood vowed to bring down the “military coup” whilst remaining committed to peaceful activism after security officials cleared protest camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday it plans to hold a march in Cairo, one day after security forces mounted a violent crackdown on its members that killed hundreds of people.
“Marches are planned this afternoon from Al-Iman mosque to protest the deaths,” the Islamist group said in a statement.
At the site of one Cairo sit-in, garbage collectors cleared still-smouldering piles of burnt tents on Thursday. Soldiers dismantled the stage at the heart of the protest camp. A burnt out armoured vehicle stood abandoned in the street.
Yesterday’s bloodshed ensued after Egypt’s military led interim government forcibly broke up the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp in northeast Cairo and another camp near Cairo University on Thursday, opening fire at crowds of protesters.
Hundreds of people died in the crackdown and nationwide clashes ensued.
Interim Vice President and Nobel laureate Mohamed el-Baradei resigned in protest over the events now widely referred to as a massacre. In a statement announcing his resignation, he said: “I cannot continue in shouldering the responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and I fear their consequences. I cannot shoulder the responsibility for a single drop of blood.”
Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad took to Twitter to vow that their Islamist organisation would remain “non-violent and peaceful.” “We remain strong, defiant and resolved,” said. “We will push (forward) until we bring down this military coup.”
Traffic has now started flowing back through the area of Cairo where supporters of the deposed president set up a protest camp at the heart of a power struggle between Islamists and the army-backed government, according to a Reuters witness.
15 August 2013: An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya
Official reports from Egypt’s Health Ministry state 421 civilians were killed, along with 43 police officers. Spokesman Khaled el-Khateeb told The Associated Press this morning that the number of injured in the previous day’s violence has also risen to 3,572.
He says the ministry was in the process of updating the latest figures and that an even higher death toll was likely. were injured. The Muslim Brotherhood however argues that the death toll is already much higher at 2000.
A protester comforts a wounded colleague after Egyptian security forces began to clear a sit-in by supporters of Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo A protester comforts a wounded colleague after Egyptian security forces began to clear a sit-in by supporters of Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo
The military’s violent measures were widely condemned across the globe, with US Secretary of State John Kerry describing the army’s action as “a serious blow” to all reconciliation efforts, and Prime Minister David Cameron stressing that the violence is “not going to solve anything”.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on the EU to convene, having condemned Western nations for failing to intervene before civilians were killed.
“Those who remain silent in the face of this massacre are as guilty as those who carried it out. The U.N. Security Council must convene quickly,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.
“I am calling on Western countries. You remained silent in Gaza, you remained silent in Syria … You are still silent on Egypt. So how come you talk about democracy, freedom, global values and human rights,” he said