As protesters continue to confront police on the streets of Cairo, Egypt’s main opposition coalition criticised the President declaring a state of emergency in three cities along the Suez Canal.
Azazi Ali Azazi, leader of the Popular Egyptian Current party in National Salvation Front coalition (FSN) described President Mohammed Morsi’s words as “disturbing” and full of “threats and warnings for the Egyptian people.”
In a televised speech on Sunday, Morsi said he had read the constitution before taking the decision to declare a state of emergency for 30 days in the three Suez Canal provinces of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia.
All three will also have nightly curfews starting on Monday from 21:00 to 06:00 local time, according to the President.
Morsi added he would not hesitate in taking even more action to stem the violence which claimed more than 50 lives over the weekend – with Port Said seeing the most amount of deaths.
However, some feel their regions are being unfairly targeted, like one man in Suez who was scathing in his opinion: “The state of emergency is a failure to make a decision for 30 days. Why is that? Will Morsi solve the world’s issues in this time?
“Why didn’t he impose a curfew in Cairo or Alexandria? Was he scared of them? Why Suez? What does he want from us and what is his message? What he’s doing is really shameful,” he added.
The violence was sparked by death sentences for 21 people involved in a riot that became Egypt’s worst-ever football disaster.
Seventy-four people were killed after a game at Port Said stadium between local side al-Masry and Cairo’s al-Ahly last February.
Al-Masry fans invaded the pitch, throwing stones and fireworks. Spectators were trampled to death as panicked crowds tried to flee the stadium.
- 1Failed breach attempt by migrants in Calais
- 2Scuffles at British side of Channel Tunnel in Kent over Calais migrants
- 3Funeral of Whitney Houston’s daughter overshadowed by family feud
- 4Suspected MH370 flaperon arrives for identification at BEA, Toulouse
- 5Turkey: two soldiers killed in suicide attack blamed on PKK
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Russia unveils ‘straight’ flag, internet responds
- 3Seven reasons why Yanis Varoufakis is now a political legend
- 4Greek crisis: ‘Agreement reached’ after marathon talks
- 5International news | euronews, latest international news
- 6Nasa announces the discovery of an earth-like planet
- 7Is Saudi Arabia outlawing rainbows for being gay?
- 8French actor Gérard Depardieu ‘a threat to Ukraine national security’
- 9Pluto: New Horizons space probe provides closest-ever pictures
- 10International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 11Latest News Bulletin
- 12BREAKING: Formal nuclear deal reached with Iran, says diplomat
- 13Greece votes ‘No’ in overwhelming rejection of bailout proposals
- 14‘Imposed’ bailout deal must be implemented, says Greek PM
- 15At least 10 dead in explosion in Turkish town close to border with Syria
- 16Greece clinches deal with eurogroup after marathon talks
- 17Berlusconi linked with a shock return to government – in Russia!
- 18Israel angry as Iran and West talk up nuclear deal
- 19Varoufakis resigns after Greek referendum
- 20The Pluto flyby : what we’ve learnt so far
Latest world news
Barnacles could provide clue to location of MH370 crash
Rio police ‘trigger happy’ says Amnesty as Olympics loom
One year after ISIL bloodshed Iraq’s Yazidis still suffering
Syrian warplane crashes in rebel-held town, casualties reported
Britain announces new measures to clampdown on migrants
Wires > News
- 16:59 CET Dutch crane collapse demolishes houses, injuring at least 20
- 16:55 CET Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow – official
- 16:49 CET India signs peace accord with militant tribal separatists
- 16:27 CET Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis battle over Yemen’s largest military…
- 16:18 CET Disapproval of Chile’s President Bachelet hits record high – poll
- 16:08 CET Insight – Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli…
- 15:42 CET Former Brazil chief of staff took bribes in office – prosecutor
- 15:17 CET Second top Iraqi oil official shot dead in Kirkuk – police