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Egypt's President declares curfew in 3 cities

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Raising his voice and sternly wagging his finger, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy said late Sunday, January 27, that he won’t stand by in the wake of recent violence, declaring a limited state of emergency and suggesting more such moves could be in the offing.

“I will act, and now I am acting,” the defiant Morsy said in a nationally televised speech.

Morsy imposed a 30-day curfew in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. Under his order, people in those governorates cannot go out between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m, CNN reported.

The three northeastern Egyptian cities, all of them along the Suez Canal, have been sites of deadly violence in recent days.

It began Friday when protesters angry with Morsy’s regime clashed with government supporters and police in Suez, Ismailia and elsewhere.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, 38 people died and more than 630 were injured in Port Said, where a riot broke out after news broke that 21 people from Port Said had been sentenced to death for their roles in a bloody 2012 riot at the coastal city’s soccer stadium.

In his Sunday night speech, Morsy claimed people in these and other places had attacked public and private institutions, “terrorized civilians,” blocked roads and taken up arms.

In Egypt’s capital of Cairo, meanwhile, clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces continued for a third day on Sunday.

Those “criminals” responsible will face “justice as soon as possible,” the president said.

It all stemmed from a February 1, 2012, riot at the close of a match between Cairo’s prestigious Al-Ahly football club and the host Al-Masry team.

That day, 73 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in violence between supporters of the two teams. Many died falling from bleachers inside the stadium, while others suffocated.

Two months later, Egypt’s general prosecutor charged 75 people with premeditated murder and attempted murder, while three Al-Masry officials and nine police officers were charged with “assisting the murderers.”

Fans from both sides bashed each other with rocks and chairs, yet prosecutors claimed the Port Said supporters were also armed with knives and other weapons.

On Saturday, 21 of those charged were sentenced to death.

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