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CAIRO---Egyptian security forces crushed
a protest camp of thousands of supporters
of the deposed president on Wednesday,
shooting dead scores of people in the blood-
iest day in decades in the Arab world s
The health ministry said 149 people were
killed, both in Cairo and in clashes that broke
out elsewhere in the country. Deposed pres-
ident Mohamed Morsi s Muslim Brotherhood
said the death toll was far higher in what
it described as a "massacre".
While dead bodies wrapped in carpets
were carried to a makeshift morgue near the
Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, the army-backed
rulers declared a one-month state of emer-
gency, restoring to the military the unfettered
power it wielded for decades before a pro-
democracy uprising in 2011.
Thousands of Morsi s supporters had been
camped at two major sites in Cairo since
before he was toppled on July 3, and had
vowed not leave the streets until he was
returned to power.
Violence spread beyond Cairo, with Morsi
supporters and security forces clashing in
the cities of Alexandria, Minya, Assiut, Fay-
oum and Suez and in Buhayra and Beni Suef
With the assault on the camps, the author-
ities have ended the six-week stand-off with
a show of state force that defied international
pleas for restraint.
The bloodshed also effectively ends the
open political role of the Brotherhood, which
survived for 85 years as an underground
movement before emerging from the shad-
ows after the 2011 uprising to win every
election held since.
In one a rare sign of unease from among
the Brotherhood s opponents, Mohamed
ElBaradei, a former UN diplomat, quit his
post of vice president in the army-backed
government, saying the conflict could have
been resolved by peaceful means.
Since Morsi was toppled, the security
forces had twice before killed scores of pro-
testers in an attempt to drive Morsi s followers
off the streets. But they had held back from
a full-scale assault on the tented camp where
followers and their families have lived behind
Reuters journalists on the scene saw
masked police in dark uniforms pour out of
police vans with sticks and tear gas bombs.
They tore down tents and set them ablaze.
Dead bodies, smashed skulls
After shooting with live ammunition
began, wounded and dead lay on the streets
near pools of blood. An area of the camp
that had been a playground and art exhibit
for the children of protesters was turned
into a war-zone field hospital.
Seven dead bodies were lined up in the
street, one of a teenager whose skull was
smashed, with blood pouring from his head.
The government insists people in the camp
were armed. However Reuters journalists
and other Western media have not witnessed
such incidents. Crowds appeared to be armed
mainly with sticks, stones and slabs of con-
crete against rifle-wielding police and troops.
At a makeshift morgue at the camp field
hospital, a Reuters reporter counted 29 bod-
ies, with others still arriving. Most had died
of gunshot wounds to the head.
The violence forces tough decisions for
Egypt s Western allies, especially Washington,
which funds Egypt s military with $1.3 billion
a year and has refused to label its overthrow
of Morsi a "coup". (Reuters)
ATHENS---Not far from the Athenian ruins
where democracy was born more than 2,500
years ago, young anarchists intent on toppling
Greece s political system run a cafe where the
beer is cheap and the artwork features police
cars set on fire.
At first glance K*Vox, started a year ago by
anarchists who occupied a shuttered building,
looks like any other cafe in the bohemian Athens
neighborhood of Exarchia. But inside posters
show gun-toting guerrilla fighters and the symbol
of anarchy---a circle with an A.
On a recent summer day, as the cafe was abuzz
with chatter about two anarchists detained by
police, a man barged in shouting that help was
needed at a store attacked by far-right activists.
Such extremists have been regularly blamed for
the rise in street attacks during Greece s economic
crisis, though they deny perpetrating such acts.
"Isn t it time for a revolution?" a 34-year-old
anarchist watching the cafe scene said as he rolled
a cigarette. "It s now or never. If we don t do
something now, nothing will ever change."
Most media coverage of political radicals in
Greece has focused on the far-right Golden Dawn
party, which has risen to as much as 14 per cent
in voting polls after winning support with free
food handouts for Greeks and fierce anti-immi-
grant rhetoric. But the country s economic crisis
is also driving extremism on the left.
As Greece s economy has declined, anarchist
groups that aim to topple the political system,
saying it serves the interests only of the rich,
have attracted growing public support.
Many "see it as an alternative political voice,"
said Mary Bossis, a University of Piraeus professor
and one of Greece s foremost experts on left-
wing militancy. "They are not marginal anymore."
Not a hoax
In the early hours of June 7, two Greek news
organisations received a call warning that a bomb
would soon go off in the residential Athens neigh-
borhood of Dafni.
"This is not a hoax," the caller said before
Twenty minutes later, a bomb with at least
one kilogram of dynamite exploded under a BMW
car used by Maria Stefi, the director of a high-
security prison in Athens where suspected anar-
chist guerrillas are being held. The explosion
destroyed the car and smashed windows in nearby
buildings; Stefi, who was not in the vehicle, was
A day later an anarchist group called the Con-
spiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for
The blast was one of a series of attacks this
year that have jangled nerves in Athens, including
an explosion in a shopping mall, a drive-by shoot-
ing at an office used by Prime Minister Antonis
Samaras and several gas canister explosions outside
the homes or offices of politicians and journalists.
BIRMINGHAM---A large UPS cargo plane
crashed early yesterday morning on
approach to the airport in Birmingham,
Alabama, killing the pilot and co-pilot,
the latest in a series of aviation accidents
in the United States this year.
United Parcel Service Inc flight 1354, en
route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birm-
ingham, crashed at about 5 am CDT (1000
GMT), according to the FAA. The plane was
identified as an Airbus A300.
A National Transportation Safety Board
response team from Washington was expect-
ed to be on the scene in Birmingham by
No distress calls were made to the airport
tower, April Odom, a spokeswoman for Bell,
A fire in a sparsely populated area that
broke out after the predawn crash was
"under control" Bell said.
A field of debris could be seen around
the crash site in an area of Birmingham that
had been a residential neighborhood. Many
homes have been bulldozed to make room
for an airport expansion.
The Airbus A300 is a wide-body jet wide-
ly used as a regional freighter by UPS, FedEx
Corp and others. Airbus said it was "assess-
ing the situation."
The model has been involved in about
ten crashes, the latest occurring last Novem-
ber, when the front landing gear on a DHL-
owned jet collapsed on landing in Bratislava,
Slovakia. The model has been in service
since 1974. (Reuters)
Inside Greece's violent
new anarchist groups
Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi carry another as Egyptian
security forces clear their sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district,
Egypt, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Two dead in crash of UPS cargo jet
wildfire fanned by high winds has
destroyed at least a dozen homes as it
threatens hundreds of others near a
Utah resort town where firefighters
prepared to battle the blaze for a
second day yesterday. Utah governor
Gary Herbert confirmed late Tuesday
that the fire burning near Park City had
destroyed the homes in a subdivision
about ten miles northeast of town and
burned at least 15 other structures such
as vehicles, sheds and boats.
The blaze was among several others
in the West, where fires have devoured
dry grass and brush and burned to the
edges of small communities in several
states. In about a dozen Western
states, crews were actively fighting
fires where drought has dried out
landscapes and contributed to extreme
fire behaviour. More than 200
firefighters were working to contain the
largest blaze in Utah, which has jumped
at least six miles across the border into
Idaho. The lightning-caused State Fire
has charred almost 33 square miles in
steep and rugged terrain. (AP)
Governor: At least 12 homes destroyed in Utah fire
Scores shot dead
Egypt forces assault protest camp...
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