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Egyptians Mourn Victims of Recent Violence

Egyptians Mourn Victims of Recent Violence

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learningenglish.voanews.com| Voice of America | August 17, 2013
Egyptians Mourn Victims of Recent Violence
 
From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.Tens of thousands of Egyptians on Friday answered calls for a
 “
Day of Rage
” 
 with protests across the country. The marches were the idea of the MuslimBrotherhood movement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. They took placetwo days after Egyptian police destroyed two large pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.The police operation left hundreds dead and thousands wounded.The protesters
were demanding that Egypt’s new
government release theousted president and other leaders of the Brotherhood. The Egyptian armyhas held Mr. Morsi since it removed him from office early last month.In recent days, violence between civilian groups has increased. Christiansreported that their religious centers were attacked on Thursday. SomeEgyptians raided and set fire to two government offices in Giza, a city acrossthe Nile River from Cairo. Government employee Fehmi Hassan says theattackers were supporters of the ousted president.
 “
Today, about a thousand supporters came and broke the exterior fence andhurled stones at the building, and they set fire to the govern
or’s office, the
auditing office and all t
he governor’s cars.” 
 
 
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learningenglish.voanews.com| Voice of America | August 17, 2013The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discussthe violence in Egypt. The Council expressed sympathy to the victims andregret for the loss of life. It also called for an end to violence by all groups inEgypt.The United States and other countries have condemned attacks on Mr.
Morsi’s
supporters. On Thursday, President Obama criticized the violence. Healso cancelled a major joint military exercise with Egypt.
 “
While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditionalcooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in thestreets and rights are being rolled back.
” 
 Some observers have criticized Mr.
Obama’s statement
s on Egypt. They saythe United States is showing support for the Egyptian military if it does nottake stronger action.Saba Mahmood is with the University of California at Berkeley. She says theUnited States can pressure the military-supported government in Egypt toend the violence.
 “
If the United States is actually interested in instituting any kind of democratic change, they hold a very crucial card in this, which is over $1.8billion of annual military aid that the United States gives to Egypt.

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