August 16th, 2013
05:27 AM ET

More clashes feared Friday in Egypt

As Egypt faces the gruesome aftermath of clashes that left hundreds dead, demonstrators plan to defy an emergency order and take to the streets to mark "Friday of anger."

The Muslim Brotherhood promised huge protests and Egypt's military government showed no sign of easing its crackdown, setting the stage for what could become another catastrophic encounter of security forces and protesters.

The Egyptian army blocked all entrances and exits of Cairo's Tahrir Square with armored vehicles and barbed wire in anticipation of new protests, state-run EGYNews reported.

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  1. Josh

    Muslim Brotherhood people were going around burning more than 30 Coptic Christian churches and other Christian organizations. Kudos to Egyptian military and police, who prevented these monsters from hurting more innocent people. It is good to know that there are at least some secular people like the Egyptian army in the religious fanaticism filled middle east,

    August 16, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Allison

      Completely concur, Josh, and thank you for being a voice of reason in an otherwise crazy corner of the blogosphere. Look at the reaction you provoked from saywhat, below. Total Islamist and blame-America-first. He's actively rooting for the Islamic Brotherhood religious dictatorship by cloaking it "democratically elected leadership". Eight posts. Very scary. Let's hope the military prevails, because if the Islamic Brotherhood does it's like an Al Qaeda caliphate sweeping the land and we'll have to fight them next. Or convert and wear burkas.

      August 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Thank you, Allison. I also hope that the secular Egyptians prevail. Al Qaeda is already there in Egypt - Egyptian police arrested a Pakistani man in possession of grenades and firearms among the pro-Morsi rioters.

      August 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    683 protesters killed, more than 3300 injured and counting.
    The security apparatus that brutally ruled Egyptians during Mubarak era is carrying on this dance of death yet once again.
    With Robert Ford's appointment to Egypt as ambassador this was expected as intl media comments. The anti Coptic sentiment spiked after Morsi was ousted in the military coup not during his admn.

    August 16, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    The glimmers of a democratic Egypt that reflected the aspirations of Egyptians after the popular uprising against Mubarak are fading.
    However it appears that Egyptians and lets not forget that 80% are muslims, would not be cowed down by the Junta brutality.

    August 16, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    An article on Egypt posted by kevin barret in veterans Today is worth a read.

    August 16, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    What is more saddening is that whatever credibility US had left in the region and globally is faring even worse with our support for the actions of the military.

    August 16, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Look at the irony of it all.
    Its not o.k for Assad's military to use force against Al-Qaeda led heavily armed 'rebels'.And we are prepared to declare war against Syria to get rid of that 'oppressor'. It was also not o.k for Ghddafi to guard against the same terrorist elemnets entering his country and declare him an oppressor.

    August 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    But God forbid if we prevent Egyptian military from killing Egyptians.
    Just whose interests are we protecting & promoting? Certainly not American.

    August 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @Josh
    Right wing religious people?
    from the comments you posted dear blogger, its easy to surmise who favors the fascist actions of a military Junta.

    August 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    The rational approach would be to let the democratic process continue in Egypt for which the people put up a grand fight and let it evolve. Morsi or whoever else its not upto the military but the people to decide.
    My only concern is America 's role, its credibility in championing democracy and its own geopolitical interests.

    August 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rupert

    @saywhat. America's role is to butt the h ll out and stop spending my parents ss funds abroad. I hate that.

    August 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Henry

    Funding to Egypt should be continued as a part of the War on Terror since the secular Egyptians are fighting against the terrorists burning churches.

    August 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    @henry. Is that so professor?
    Eat dirt!

    August 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    Egyptian police arrested a Pakistani in passion of granades and firearms among Muslim Brotherhood rioters. Please look it up. Presence of Pakistani among MB rioters proves that Muslim Brotherhood is in bed with Al Qaeda in Egypt. So, yes this is becoming a part of the War on Terror.

    August 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol well said @ rupert! Especially the eat dirt part. Im still chuckling over that one. And i guess it dont matter to some people that we are breaking the law by funding the Epyptian military.

    August 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    I hope you choke on your pepperoni pizza trollio!

    August 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
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