Analysis

Is Morsi Losing Control of Egypt?
Egyptian protesters throw stones and taunt riot police during clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 28, 2013. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
January 29, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
SITUATION REPORT
 
A sudden deterioration of the security situation in Egypt has forced President Mohammed Morsi to call a state of emergency and send soldiers into the streets to make civilian arrests. These are tactics reminiscent of the Mubarak regime, and are fueling the anger of the protesters, whose lot has worsened since Mubarak was forced from office in 2011. But they are also signs that Morsi has lost control of the country.
Growing violence, mostly in several Suez Canal cities, left at least 52 dead since Friday. Violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo and Suez stemmed from rallies on January 25 commemorating the second anniversary of the January 2011 Arab Spring uprising that turned into anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests. Riots and massive protests broke out in Port Said after 21 were sentenced to death in connection with a February 2011 football riot.
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