After days of unrest, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez, and Ismalia. At least 33 people died over the weekend in Port Said where protests erupted over a court decision that sentenced 21 people over football violence last February. Fans of Port Said’s football club al-Masry attacked visiting supporters of Cairo’s al-Ahly club after the game, leaving at least 70 dead. It was the largest death toll in Egypt’s football history, according to the BBC. “I have said I am against any emergency measures but I have said that if I must stop bloodshed and protect the people then I will act,” Morsi said. In Cairo, protesters clashed with government forces for a fourth consecutive day near Tahrir Square. The opposition has accused Morsi of being autocratic.
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