Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At Least 149 Pro-Morsi Protesters Killed in Egypt; Mil. Forces Demolish 2 Huge Cairo Protest Camps

Egyptian security forces today (August 14, 2013) stormed two huge Cairo protests by supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, prompting the resignation of vice president Mohamed ElBaradei and sparking nationwide violence which left at least 149 people dead and another 1,403 injured, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.

With clashes breaking out across the country and erupting in Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, Egypt's army-installed authorities declared a month-long state of emergency effective from 4:00 p.m. today. They also slapped Cairo and other provinces with curfews between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Gory photographs and video images of the Cairo bloodbath at two camps dominated social media networks, as world powers -- including the United States -- called for restraint and condemned the show of force by Egypt's security forces. Military tanks were used to help demolish the two camps.

Also, four churches were attacked in Egypt today, with Christian activists accusing Morsi Muslim  loyalists of waging a war of retaliation against Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians.

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