Dozens Dead in Egypt Protests
Military opens fire on supporters of Muslim Brotherhood
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2013 5:53 AM CDT
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi are seen in the smoke of tear gas fired by riot police during clashes.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – Those slim hopes that Egypt would get through the ouster of Mohamed Morsi without anymore major violence came to a quick end overnight. The military opened fired on Morsi supporters in Cairo before dawn, leaving dozens dead, reports Reuters. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood estimates at least 70 people were killed. "They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," says a spokesman. Witnesses say the police first used tear gas to try to disperse protesters, but soon escalated to birdshot and then bullets, reports AP.

The violence came after both sides staged mass rallies yesterday. Egypt's military leader had encouraged supporters to stage a demonstration to give him a "mandate" to stop terrorism, widely interpreted to mean going after the Brotherhood. And that appears to have been exactly what happened. “This is a preparation for eliminating the Brotherhood,” a political science professor at the American University in Cairo tells the New York Times.

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HANKHILL
Jul 27, 2013 2:55 PM CDT
nothing new here just savages doing what they do best! kill eachother!
Sphinx
Jul 27, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The Brotherhood has been treated like fugitives before (under Mubarak), and that helped them garner enough sympathy and support for them to win the first free national election. The Egyptian army is full of idiots and has effectively destroyed the people's revolution in pursuit of power and revenge. It doesn't matter what your politics are -- when peaceful protesters are fired upon by the army, there is no freedom. There is no democracy. There is no hope.
reallybig
Jul 27, 2013 11:36 AM CDT
---------------------------------------------------------------------------TRUTH BE TOLD------------------------------------------------ The whole Islamic world is erupting in chaos and violence .. and America is led by the (educated fool) Obama, who hasn't got one single clue .. (on what the hell is going on) .. and doesn't know what the hell to do, about it. A trained monkey, could do the job, the (educated fool) Obama is doing............................................. REALLY