Egypt’s Morsi declares state of emergency

egypt bleedingEgypt’s president declared on Sunday a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew in the three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by the wave of violence that has left more than 50 dead in three days.

Angry and almost screaming, Mohammed Morsi vowed in a televised address that he would not hesitate to take even more action to stem the latest eruption of violence across much of the country.

But at the same time, he sought to reassure Egyptians that his latest moves would not plunge the country back into authoritarianism.

“There is no going back on freedom, democracy and the supremacy of the law,” he said.

The three provinces are Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez and the curfew, also for a month, is effective 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The worst violence this weekend was in the Mediterranean coastal city of Port Said, where at least 44 people died in two days of clashes there that began on Saturday. The spark was a court conviction and death sentence for 21 defendants involved in a mass soccer riot in the city’s main stadium on Feb. 1, 2012 that left 74 dead.

Most of those sentenced to death were local soccer fans from Port Said, deepening a sense of persecution that Port Said’s residents have felt since the stadium disaster, the worst soccer violence ever in Egypt.

At least another 11 died on Friday elsewhere in the country during rallies marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak. Protesters used the occasion to renounce Morsi and his Islamic fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which emerged as the country’s most dominant political force after Mubarak’s ouster.

Morsi, in office since June, also invited the nation’s political forces to a dialogue starting Monday to resolve the country’s latest crisis.

The predominantly secular and liberal opposition has in the past declined Morsi’s offers of dialogue, arguing that he must first show a political will to meet some of its demands.

There was no official reaction to Morsi’s moves by the National Salvation Front, an umbrella for the main opposition parties. Some opposition figures, however, told TV talk shows that they would take part in the dialogue but only if it is run by independent third parties and if they receive assurances that its outcome would be binding on everyone.

Morsi did not say what he plans to do to stem the violence in other parts of the country, but he pointed out that he had instructed the police to deal “firmly and forcefully” with individuals attacking state institutions, using firearms to “terrorize” citizens or blocking roads and railway lines.

There were also clashes Sunday in Cairo and several cities in the Nile Delta region, including the industrial city of Mahallah.

Egypt’s current crisis is the second to hit the country since November, when Morsi issued decrees, since rescinded, that gave him nearly unlimited powers and placed him above any oversight, including by the judiciary.

CBS/ AP

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYRtmMxB5yw CrossWinds

    Egypt needs Christ within, not the Law without……………
    …….Romans 7:4-6……….

    4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

    • 5thDrawer

      “It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” – Aristotle 325BC

      • wargame1

        Mursi will flee to Europe or America but he is important man for the IMF for that loan.He is a stooge and pro Iranian too. therefore it is possible that after he flees he bring the occupation force in Egypt in order for him to be re-installed. Just a thought and what do you think about it?

        • 5thDrawer

          The IMF tries to help, but doesn’t understand the brain-dead population, or the living conditions that ‘the people’ who began the ‘revolution’ wanted to change. If ‘they’ didn’t want to ‘go into’ Syria, ‘they’ sure don’t want to go into Egypt – which may become a mess for a long time as well.
          I’m reminded of a line in a song … ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose’.
          Morsi is only important as a ‘figurehead’ – the theoretically, yet mostly theologically, elected head of a country. The IMF sent another lost loan, hoping for stability – even knowing a quarter of that population is illiterate and only ‘believes’ – which is hardly a base for logical thought about the economics of a country, let alone who is chosen to represent it. Even ‘the west’ still works on having a perfect ‘democracy’ wherein ‘the people’ all agree to accept the results of a majority until the next open and free election. Even there, to get half a population out to vote is a struggle. As far as I know, Belgium is the only country which ‘requires’ everyone to cast a vote or pay a fine – which probably leads to grumbles, but makes ‘the people’ think about it too.
          As for the ‘youth’ who expect instant change … totally unrealistic. They need education too. And if it looks like everyone is getting an education these days, it’s going to be a rough course to follow.
          I could go back to the need to only have 2.3 children per family … to save the planet … but no-one wants the hear that. Although we note when any given population of rats run out of food, they begin to eat each other. ;-) Genetically speaking, all animal life shares most of it’s genes.

          • wargame1

            IMF helps? it doesnt help it enslave people with the loan. Dont you remember the money changers business how they give loan with interest? You have learned all he opposite thing. The planet do not die with more population rather it dies due to misallocation of land. The European population is below 2 per family something like 1.4 to 1.5 and this is called negative birthrate and it will last two to three generation before becoming like a panda population. Iran is facing the similar demographic decline

          • 5thDrawer

            Im not surprised by ‘negatives’ … I have one married friend who refused (they are a capable compatible couple) to cause children be forced to live in ‘the world’ he has seen, so never had any.
            The ‘business thinking’ that says we always need more ‘buyers’ is wrong … but you won’t convince those who always think they need more than a comfortable life, and always need more money or toys than anyone else.
            Meanwhile, chemical pollution is beginning to affect male sperm counts – worldwide.
            Try not to live in a city … especially downwind from China. ;-)
            As for your thoughts on borrowing and lending … an old quote:
            ‘Never a borrower or a lender be’.
            And where will THAT get you when a hospital needs money to cure your child?
            Oh … yes … back to a survivor-only population. Hmmm …

    • wargame1

      Isaiah 19 and 20 has some prophesy on Egypt. Its long so I am not posting it but you can read it from the Bible

  • Plumbline

    Egypt needs Christ within, not the Law without……………
    …….Romans 7:4-6……….

    4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

    • 5thDrawer

      “It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” – Aristotle 325BC

      • wargame1

        Mursi will flee to Europe or America but he is important man for the IMF for that loan.He is a stooge and pro Iranian too. therefore it is possible that after he flees he bring the occupation force in Egypt in order for him to be re-installed. Just a thought and what do you think about it?

        • 5thDrawer

          The IMF tries to help, but doesn’t understand the brain-dead population, or the living conditions that ‘the people’ who began the ‘revolution’ wanted to change. If ‘they’ didn’t want to ‘go into’ Syria, ‘they’ sure don’t want to go into Egypt – which may become a mess for a long time as well.
          I’m reminded of a line in a song … ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose’.
          Morsi is only important as a ‘figurehead’ – the theoretically, yet mostly theologically, elected head of a country. The IMF sent another lost loan, hoping for stability – even knowing a quarter of that population is illiterate and only ‘believes’ – which is hardly a base for logical thought about the economics of a country, let alone who is chosen to represent it. Even ‘the west’ still works on having a perfect ‘democracy’ wherein ‘the people’ all agree to accept the results of a majority until the next open and free election. Even there, to get half a population out to vote is a struggle. As far as I know, Belgium is the only country which ‘requires’ everyone to cast a vote or pay a fine – which probably leads to grumbles, but makes ‘the people’ think about it too.
          As for the ‘youth’ who expect instant change … totally unrealistic. They need education too. And if it looks like everyone is getting an education these days, it’s going to be a rough course to follow.
          I could go back to the need to only have 2.3 children per family … to save the planet … but no-one wants the hear that. Although we note when any given population of rats run out of food, they begin to eat each other. ;-) Genetically speaking, all animal life shares most of it’s genes.

          • wargame1

            IMF helps? it doesnt help it enslave people with the loan. Dont you remember the money changers business how they give loan with interest? You have learned all he opposite thing. The planet do not die with more population rather it dies due to misallocation of land. The European population is below 2 per family something like 1.4 to 1.5 and this is called negative birthrate and it will last two to three generation before becoming like a panda population. Iran is facing the similar demographic decline

          • 5thDrawer

            Im not surprised by ‘negatives’ … I have one married friend who refused (they are a capable compatible couple) to cause children be forced to live in ‘the world’ he has seen, so never had any.
            The ‘business thinking’ that says we always need more ‘buyers’ is wrong … but you won’t convince those who always think they need more than a comfortable life, and always need more money or toys than anyone else.
            Meanwhile, chemical pollution is beginning to affect male sperm counts – worldwide.
            Try not to live in a city … especially downwind from China. ;-)

    • wargame1

      Isaiah 19 and 20 has some prophesy on Egypt. Its long so I am not posting it but you can read it from the Bible

  • joey

    morsi morsi all what he see a koursi only a man can run a country half a man run a toilet enjoy the toilet people keep voting half a men and enjoy there toilets

  • joey

    morsi morsi all what he see a koursi only a man can run a country half a man run a toilet enjoy the toilet people keep voting half a men and enjoy there toilets