Egypt’s Morsi Defiant as Army Deadline Nears
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has insisted he will not resign as a deadline to break political deadlock nears and violence threatens to billow as democracy is tested in a region that is vastly changing.
At least 23 people were killed in the Cairo Tuesday in clashes between Morsi’s opponents and supporters, the Associated Press reported. Many of the deaths occurred after gunfire erupted outside Cairo University in Giza, where pro-Morsi demonstrators gathered to show support for the president.
On Monday, the armed forces gave a 48-hour deadline — set to expire today — for politicians to meet the people’s demands or it will implement a “road map” for the nation’s future.
The escalation of violence followed three days of unprecedented unrest that has surged since Sunday, when millions of people clogged Egypt’s streets to demand that Morsi step down amid calls for an early presidential election. The protests then remained largely peaceful.