By Mirembe Martina
The President of Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency in the country after a weekend filled with unrest saw more than 50 people dead.
Today, curfew is beginning to prevent more people from dying. The curfew is in three Suez Canal provinces where the protests took place. In the Mediterranean coastal city of Port Said, seven people were killed on Sunday making the death toll reach 44. The unrest started Saturday after a court conviction and death sentence for 21 defendants involved in a mass soccer riot in the city’s main stadium on Feb. 1, 2012 that left 74 dead.
President Mohammed Morsi’s declared the state of emergency almost screaming on Sunday in a televised address. “There is no going back on freedom, democracy and the supremacy of the law,” he said.
Most of the sentenced to death were local soccer fans from Port Said. More 11 people died on Friday during rallies on the second anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising.
Curfew and state of emergency will be in force for 30 days and will affect the provinces of Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez. The curfew begins Monday starting 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.