Egypt: 7 days of unrest, political rivals in rare call for peace

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31.01.2013

Egypt: 7 days of unrest, political rivals in rare call for peace


Al Qarra – Egypt entered its seventh day of confrontation between police and demonstrators. The ministry of Health on Thursday announced that 56 people were killed, 3 on Wednesday.

Several protesters were arrested Wednesday in front of the buildings of the Prosecutor General in Cairo. They are suspected of being members of Black Blocs movement; a group of masked activists who define themselves as opponents of the Islamist-led government. For the Egyptian judiciary, they represent a “terrorist threat”.

Demonstrations continued Wednesday night despite a 30-day curfew imposed by President Morsi on 3 governorates but two of them, Port Said and Suez have scaled down curfew hours on Wednesday evening.

Officials from Morsi’s Brotherhood government on Thursday met with Opposition Secular parties in attempt to defuse the tensions. The meetings was called for by Egypt’s Al-Azhar’s top Islamic scholar

The leaders are said to have signed a document renouncing violence according to a tweet from Youth Leader and attendee of the meeting, Ahmad Maher.

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