President Mohamed Morsi declares a state of emergency in three provinces hit by rioting which has left dozens dead, warning he is ready to take further steps to confront threats to Egypt’s security.
A curfew is to come into force after Egypt’s president declared a state of emergency in three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a weekend wave of unrest that left more than 50 people dead and plunged the nation further into turmoil.
President Mohammed Morsi’s declaration was reminiscent of the tactics used by the country’s ousted regime to get a grip on discontent. This time, the anger is fuelled by his Islamist policies and the slow pace of change.
Angry and almost shouting, Mr Morsi vowed in a televised address on Sunday night that he would not hesitate to take even more action to stem the latest eruption of violence across much of the country.
The unrest was sparked on Saturday by a court conviction and death sentence for 21 defendants involved in a mass football riot in the city’s main stadium on February 1, 2012 that left 74 dead.
At least another 11 people died on Friday elsewhere in the country during rallies marking the second anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising.
Protesters used the occasion to renounce Mr Morsi and his Islamic fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which emerged as the country’s most dominant political force after Mubarak’s ousting.
The curfew and state of emergency, both in force for 30 days, affect the provinces of Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez. The curfew takes effect from 9pm to 6am every day.