Morsi blamed for protest violence

Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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CAIRO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- An opposition movement in Egypt said it couldn't separate violence in the streets from the policies of the Interior Ministry and central Egyptian government.

The opposition National Salvation Front said it was frustrated with a crackdown by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Cabinet officials.

Frustration with Morsi boiled over last month as Egyptians marked the second anniversary of the revolution that ended the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. The opposition group said security forces and interior officials failed to take measures to protect women from sexual violence and other forms of violence.

"The Egyptian people and the whole world witnessed the violence around the presidential palace (on Friday)," the NSF was quoted by Egyptian news agency al-Ahram as stating. "It coincided with successive statements by the Muslim Brotherhood's leaders accusing the Egyptian people, the peaceful revolutionary forces, and the National Salvation Front of inciting violence."

The opposition statement follows reports from the Health Ministry that a 28-year-old protest leader was said to have died from injuries he suffered while being tortured by Egyptian police following his Jan. 27 arrest.

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