Tortured Body Found Near Raba’a al-Adaweya Protest Site | PM Granted Emergency Laws Power

July 28, 2013 . By
Pro-Morsi demonstrators in Rabaa El Adaweya Square | EI/Tarek Wageeh
Pro-Morsi demonstrators in Rabaa El Adaweya Square | AMAY/Tarek Wageeh

Sporadic episodes of violence continued through the night, and Morsi supporters pledged to continue their protests in the face of the state’s actions. Violence accompanied the funerals of those who were killed on Friday and Saturday. One person was killed in Kafr el-Zayat, while in Port Said, 30 were injured and three people died, including one person who burned to death after a store suspected of being a “Muslim Brotherhood property” was set on fire. Morsi supporters in Port Said opened fire on the city’s Mar Girgis Church and destroyed a police vehicle.

Reports emerged of one or two bodies bearing marks of torture being found near the primary pro-Morsi camp at Raba’a al-Adaweya. Legal authorities declared that they would launch an investigation into the circumstances of the deaths. An anonymous security source also claimed that the army and the police have killed 10 “terrorists” and arrested 20 more within the past 48 hours; this news came as yet another incident of gunfire directed at a security checkpoint in Arish emerged.

Interim President Adly Mansour has given Egypt’s prime minister the authority to allow the military to arrest civilians and enact other emergency laws, an act that may signal an intention to crack down on pro-Morsi protesters or militants in Sinai. Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim promised to deal decisively with destabilizing forces within the country. However, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Ziad Bahaa El-Din stated that the government must not be oppressive or exclusionary. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned the recent violence in Egypt, stating that over 150 Egyptians have died in protests over the past month.