Mar 9, 2014
Egyptian Government Response to Protests Leave Many Dead
Posted on Oct 6, 2013
At least 28 people have been killed and 85 injured across Egypt after anti-government demonstrations Sunday on the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Yom Kippur War of Arab states against Israel.
Police are reported to have used live ammunition against Egyptians in the province of Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo, and tear gas in Cairo and Alexandria. Authorities warned that demonstrators would be treated as foreign militants.
“Protesters against the army on the anniversary of (the October 6) victory will be carrying out the duties of agents, not activists,” said Ahmed al-Muslimani, spokesman for the current military government. “It is not befitting to go from a struggle against authorities to a conflict with the nation.”
The warning came in response to calls by the embattled Muslim Brotherhood to commemorate the war by staging demonstrations against the government that ousted and replaced democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi after a military coup July 3.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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