Unrest Continues in Egypt; Military Chief Warns of Collapse of State


0  Updated at 11:59 am, January 29th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Ed Giles/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Protesters in Egypt continued to call for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi overnight, defying a curfew enforced in three provinces — Port Said, Ismailia and the Suez.

Tens of thousands poured into the streets, chanting slogans similar to those that were heard two years ago during the revolution that led to the removal of then President Hosni Mubarak.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 revolution, protesters stormed a five-star luxury hotel overnight, breaking down security barriers and storming the lobby before special forces were forced to swoop in to stop them.

Since the current unrest began last week, some 60 people have been killed.  

The U.S. embassy in Cairo has been forced to close because of the violent protests.

On Tuesday, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian military, warned that if the political crisis continues, it could lead to the collapse of the state.

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