CAIRO, EGYPT – A state of emergency exists in Egypt.
A night-time curfew is in effect for Cairo and several cities to try to stop the killings that started this morning when security forces moved in with bulldozers to clear two massive protest sites.
Supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi have been staging sit-ins at these sites for about six weeks, ever since the coup that was not a coup.
They fought back today, and that’s when the carnage began.
Egyptian state television says more than 200 people have died. Morsi’s Egyptian Brotherhood puts the number at around 1,400, with another 8,000 wounded.
Two journalists died covering this latest violence. One of them was Mike Deane, a former CNN cameraman who had been working for Sky News for the past fifteen years.
Secretary of State John Kerry understated the obvious by calling the violence ‘deplorable’ and not good for ‘genuine democracy.’
“Today’s events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion and genuine democracy,’ says Kerry. ‘The Egyptians inside and outside of the government need to take a step back. They need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life.”
It may not be a question of avoiding further loss of life, but one of limiting the number who die before the sun rises again on the ancient land of pharaohs.