Egyptian protests turn violent, leave 44 dead
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 02:10
Demonstrations in Egypt Sunday resulted in 44 dead and more than 200 wounded after the Egyptian military descended on the scene of the protests.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood took to the streets around the country early in the day to protest the July overthrow and arrest of former President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the group. The demonstrations resulted in police and other security forces cracking down, utilizing tear gas and batons.
The Muslim Brotherhood played a role in the 2011 Arab Spring movement that saw the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak and the election of Morsi. After Morsi was deposed, the Egyptian government made efforts to keep the organization out of the country’s political scene, and an Egyptian court’s September ruling essentially made the Muslim Brotherhood illegal in the country.
According to Egyptian officials, 246 were wounded and 423 were arrested Sunday, Egypt’s Armed Forces Day, a celebration in honor of the beginning of 1973’s Yom Kippur War. After riots on Friday resulted in at least four people dead, the Egyptian government warned protesters against demonstrating on the holiday.
In a statement by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group said Sunday’s violence was unnecessary and brutal.