CAIRO (AP) — More unrest is feared in Egypt where supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi vow to defy a state of emergency with new protests today.
Marches in Cairo yesterday devolved into the fiercest street battles that the capital has seen in more than two years with more than 80 people were killed.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s “Day of Rage” was ignited by anger at security forces for clearing two sit-in demonstrations earlier in the week, leaving hundreds dead.
Yesterday also marked a dark turn in the conflict with police and armed vigilantes at neighborhood checkpoints shooting it out with Muslim Brotherhood-led protesters.
Military helicopters hovered over downtown as residents furious with the Brotherhood protests also pelted marchers with rocks and glass bottles.
The violence capped off a week that saw more than 700 people killed across the country.