Egypt's Morsi Declares Emergency, Curfew

President almost screaming in televised address

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 27, 2013 3:27 PM CST

(Newser) – Egypt's president declared today 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, Mohamed 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 9pm to 6am. 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 yesterday. 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. Click for more.

Relatives mourn during the funeral of policemen killed on Saturday in Port Said, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Relatives mourn during the funeral of policemen killed on Saturday in Port Said, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister back at riot police, not seen, during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister back at riot police, not seen, during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Egyptian soccer fans of Al-Ahly club celebrate a court verdict that returned 21 death penalties in last years soccer violence, inside the club premises in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Egyptian soccer fans of Al-Ahly club celebrate a court verdict that returned 21 death penalties in last years soccer violence, inside the club premises in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptians chant slogans during a mass funeral in Port Said, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Egyptians chant slogans during a mass funeral in Port Said, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.   (STR)
Egyptians carry the coffin of a man killed during a mass funeral in Port Said, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Egyptians carry the coffin of a man killed during a mass funeral in Port Said, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.   (STR)
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