Muslim Brotherhood supporters run from tear gas fired by Egyptian police in a street leading to the main pro-Morsi protest camp in Cairo on Wednesday. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images.
After six weeks of supporters rallying against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s removal, Egyptian security forces on Wednesday bulldozed the main camp in Cairo, burning tents and rounding up protesters who refused to leave.
The Associated Press reported that at least 149 people have been killed in the clashes around Egypt.
Armored vehicles move in to disperse the camp near Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. This and the following photos are by unnamed stringers for Getty Images.
The U.S. government had been urging restraint and a non-violent solution to Egypt’s political divisiveness. Deputy White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday in a statement from Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama is vacationing: “The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt.”
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour, “We understand it is better to resolve it peacefully. But it cannot be a stalemate that continues endlessly.”
Egyptian security forces detain demonstrators after breaking up the camp.
Egypt’s interim government declared a monthlong state of emergency on Wednesday and put in place a nighttime curfew for Cairo and 10 provinces.
A member of the Egyptian security forces and a woman help a wounded man after the crackdown.
Wednesday’s crackdown and violence went apparently too far for some in the government. The country’s interim Vice President Mohammed ElBaradei resigned in response.
Mike Giglio, a correspondent at Newsweek and the Daily Beast, is reporting from Cairo on the turmoil. He wrote in an email: “It’s a ghost town. Taxis are afraid to come near the Rabaa area. And people are taking this curfew seriously. The city seems afraid, and bracing.” Giglio reported earlier that he was detained and beaten by Egyptian security forces before his release several hours later.
Debris remains at the site of the former camp.
We’ll hear more about developments in Egypt from Giglio and from Nathan Brown, professor of international affairs at George Washington University, on Wednesday’s NewsHour broadcast.
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