Morsi declares state of emergency in Suez after clashes kill 49
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi declared a month-long state of emergency on Sunday in three provinces along the Suez Canal which have been the focus of anti-government violence that has killed dozens of people over the past four days.
Seven people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 protesters killed at the weekend. A total of 49 people have been killed in demonstrations around the country since Thursday and Morsi's opponents have called for more protests on Monday.
"Down, down Morsi, down down the regime that killed and tortured us!" people in Port Said chanted as the coffins of those killed on Saturday were carried through the streets.
In a televised address, Morsi said a nightly curfew would be introduced in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, starting Monday evening. He also called for dialogue with top politicians. About 200 people protested in Ismailia after the announcement.
Posted by: lotp 2013-01-28