Egypt's 'Day of Rage' Continues Across Country

Call for protestors to rise up against Egypt's military, thousands take to streets.
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Transcript for Egypt's 'Day of Rage' Continues Across Country
This is this special report from ABC news. When I'm -- tough learning or witness ABC news digital special report and day of rage that has turned into another day of violence. Dozens killed today after more gunfire in the streets of Cairo. And ABC's Mohammed -- was in the middle. Of it all and he joins us now from Cairo Mohamed thank you for being with us obviously -- safety first and foremost on our mind but if you can. Tell us what is the situation on the ground. I didn't say personal things for which is well it was a pretty pretty Dicey -- for a situation and on the situation on the ground right now it's a situation of chaos situation lawlessness stick you actually just -- in the curfew that what had been imposed a few days ago. -- actually -- industries and it doesn't look. And equipping mistress you that it -- very troubling sign we saw another question and today. Very similar situation protesters gathered -- a public park. Gunfire started ringing out very closely -- hundred feet away it's impossible to tell -- shooting at certain people running for their lives. And you know Molotov cocktails were thrown. Tear gas were -- -- used. Again a makeshift mosque -- into a makeshift triage at a -- our crew that shooting and bodies were coming into that triage center. One person was being treated the truly died. While we are shooting -- and so very creepy -- once again and the -- parties. Looking district right now we're not seeing any military presence -- not -- any police presence. Which means the lawlessness will probably continue. Is there is sense then that those protesters are gonna simply. Just obviously by the sheer size and by their presence being so prolong -- is there a sense that they in fact might not be able to be. Com or constrained in any kind of -- by the military just because the fact that they have been there for such a long period of time. That is a very good question and to -- you know the protesters had been sitting in the in this book has kept for several weeks. They were quite -- will be evicted on Wednesday. As part of that violence at least 700 people were killed. Many of them shot in the back shot in the back of the most of them unarmed it was literally a massacre and a blot out. And the conservatives you know when that happens you have at least 700 Stanley. The loved -- of the relatives who are now furious that the army and period that the government you know if this was if there was in the media escalation. It would happen before -- massacre took placed on the line now very firmly drawn. The Muslim Brotherhood says it will not back -- will continue protesting. Today we -- in that square just reported violence broke out and while some violence is still going on we spoke to people. All of them without fail that they are willing to die for their cause. And that certainly does not bode well for stability in Egypt and commenting. It wouldn't you know in this part of the world what you're willing to die for -- -- There's very little middle ground to people can't doubt. That rhetoric has gotten so much stronger I was in the past couple of weeks really essentially since the president -- Morrissey was taken out from power back in June. But really hear those kind of statements and that kind of sentiment that is a serious change. Tyrone. What about as far as did the actual location of these protests because you know we can we keep going back to his original demonstrations. Of the center being tahrir square when so many hundreds of thousands of people were gathered there and now it sounds as if the Muslim Brotherhood has been sitting -- these checkpoints. I'll throughout Cairo -- what exactly is the strategy behind that. Well I mean the strategy. Into the middle part of the week was to occupy -- public square. Which which the Arabic statement about it -- which they were in for several weeks -- their peacefully actually turning to little village they had done. Children's carnival at restaurants they -- Denton cases food delivery. It has stayed there very long time that was their strategy that entire strategy totally changed on Wednesday with -- military went in and clear them out to date with the announcement that -- -- -- -- the protesters. Two marsh from. All corners of Cairo to a specific public square and you know it's very needed to mobilize people -- -- at least on Friday. They traditionally have Friday prayers it's the first state that we -- people -- already trying to. While that anyway and that's what we saw today we -- thousands of the protesters sneaking through the city all converging -- -- one public square -- -- -- square. The military in this week giving an indication that they wouldn't allow this convergence to take place we went out in the morning before the protest happened. And were unable to get to that square because the military it -- it off somewhere during the day that changed in and the protesters were able to get that square. At one point there was several thousands of people there including children including women. That was our strategy but the fear was always had been occupied square just like they did the previous one and clearly that's what we've seen to be -- military are not going to let the most about it. -- -- Anytime soon. From from -- from these dramatic pictures in from his accounts -- -- sharing with us you know evening we try to piece together exactly. What it is a mindset that is going through so many -- demonstrators both for and against the president and for and against military. But from what you've heard from what you've seen is there any increase in sympathy or or any increase apathy towards the Muslim Brotherhood. You know it's it's very interesting because there are some people in Egypt who -- the Muslim Brotherhood for what's going on. It. It's very difficult to assess just how much support the Muslim Brotherhood has speaking to analysts yesterday releasing that you know their polling and research suggested that -- don't support that sixteen to 20% of the population. -- about it it is the most organized political party -- children can mobilize very effectively. But. -- you know big argument and decided that the other doesn't represent the majority of egyptians and so what about it goes and does protests like this and causes -- There's a lot of backlash against them so what -- -- -- yesterday it was a call from each. She brotherhood movement called -- which was instrumental in getting -- C ousted. Latest way to put ourselves in danger. We try to make -- rational decisions as best as we can. And and I think you know the one to one -- that I realized today. It's helped a little bit I like this it's -- me a little bit is that you know I I don't look like it typical. The North American American you wouldn't want to call it. Because -- my name come the -- look it helps people and didn't little bits and and I got to tell you I honestly believe the only reason I'm here right now. Is because it looked -- leave -- -- and that just shows you just -- dangers. Things are here for journalists were covering sort. While we are forever thankful obviously for -- making Smart decisions and I'm a senior safety is first and foremost on all of our minds here. -- ABC and of course throughout the country and throughout the world -- were watching. Just the intensity grow in Egyptair -- -- and Kyra thank you of course continued to stay safe for you and for the crew. A pitcher traveling and and working with now I think the gravity of the situation -- mean despite the description and that -- give us I think it is just. Almost impossible to wrap your head around and and we we can't thank you enough for your service we thank you. And it's always a pleasure to be -- -- I I want to bring in now ABC's any Jews who is at the Pentagon and and -- and obviously the Egyptian president. Reacting strongly -- president Obama's statement yesterday. -- in fact that that the relationship between the -- the US and Egypt -- just can't continue on in the way that it's been continuing on. Tell me a little bit about Egypt's reaction to that statement. Well that seems to be the one statement that both Egypt and the United States seem to agree on that the relationship can't continue the way it's been continuing. The Egyptian presidency as you said Dan issued a pretty harsh statement where they -- to what they called clarify. The actions that they're taking and you know they said that they -- facing acts of terror. That's these are not necessarily peaceful protesters. But they -- violent extremists who are targeting civilian. Infrastructure who are targeting. Government buildings and ultimately they said while they appreciate. America -- interests in what's happening they are sovereign nation and they will take the actions that they feel they need to take. Dean I want to ask you about the president canceling that joint military exercise with Egypt. I you know obviously there's two sides -- and how that's going to be perceived obviously from the US side and also from the Egyptian side. -- -- see there's a real threat then so that relationship with the White House. -- what's been interesting is the administration's. Response. Yesterday the State Department briefing. Our reporters asked do you think that this will be a deterrent what effect do you -- -- canceling this exercise will have on the ground. And the State Department spokesperson actually admitted that no one in the Obama administration thinks that this is going to have a significant cut -- -- On events on the ground and of course the question becomes why do it well the answer to that question is that. The administration wants to send a clear message. First they withheld the next shipment of F sixteens. And by canceling this exercise whether it was actually going to take place or not whether the Egyptian military as some people have pointed out. You know is a bit busy right now with their domestic issues. Canceling the exercise the Obama administration believes -- a clear message that -- I'm happy with what's happening. And that additional aid is being considered it something President Obama said it's something that the State Department said in -- something that the Pentagon has sat. Has there been any kind discussion in a comparative the way. What is happening in Egypt to what is happening in Syria between the civil conflict that's going on there. Because the president is saying in fact that the US can't intervene in what's happening in Egypt that the Egyptian people must work on this by themselves and he pointed out a couple points yesterday's science -- -- democracy is more or less a messy process and that often times if you do have a democratically elected -- As was mom and -- -- that -- necessarily mean that he is a democracy going forward that it still has to be reviewed and possibly tweaked. Well obviously it's not in the best interest of the administration to try to drop comparisons to Egypt to Syria which is. You know by all accounts -- a quagmire that. There are no really good solutions to to what's going to happen. And in fact yesterday way in reporters asked the State Department spokesperson Jen Saki. You do you think that this is headed toward civil war are we on the -- of civil war in Egypt. She said that the administration does not take that position they do not think this is a civil war. And they do not think that it's headed to civil war. That said if you talk to analysts and people that are really watching this situation closely people that really know Egypt they'll tell you that. -- the longer this situation goes on the longer the violence is protracted the more dangerous it becomes. And Syria. Already has this potential and is already starting to dry in its neighbors into the conflict Lebanon and Iraq. Egypt which is the largest in her country in the world. And is considered the cornerstone between the Middle East and North Africa for it's -- fall into. Total chaos and into a civil war the ramifications. Of that across North Africa and the Middle East would just be. You know I think if you -- to talk to any analysts or anyone watching it he could just be catastrophic. Has there been a domino affect the two relationships with other countries in the Middle East dot meaning you bring up a great point of fact that the US. As -- such close ties with Egypt. As it relates to the entire region there and I'm just wondering now if there has spend dialogues back and forth with some of the other countries. Just given the intensity that that right now the that this country is is in this intense pressure cooker. Of battling -- pro and anti military. Conflict. While the United States is talking to its partners and its allies in. What's also interesting is -- -- seen some of our traditional allies of some of the US traditional allies. In the region come out come on and that they're on the opposite side I mean. One of the issues that the United States continues to talk about is whether we will continue to give the one point five billion dollars in military aid. And continue the close relationship. Well since -- sees ouster. Kuwait Saudi Arabia. And other gulf countries had have come together and given over twelve billion dollars to Egypt so -- also becomes this question. Just as Egypt is Egyptian presidency said where rethinking our relationship. The United States is rethinking its relationship to Egypt to. And it's really unknown. What's going to happen all of the rules that have happened over the last few decades. All of the ways that the United States has been -- -- Egypt and vice Versa may have to be -- written. Aaron ABC's Dan Hughes at the Pentagon Dana thank you for your time -- your insight this afternoon. We have a complete write up on abcnews.com. As a curfew is set to take effect in Cairo Egypt -- as we just heard from a Honolulu who is in Cairo there. It appears there is no military there is no police. On the streets there are taking that occur for you and enforcing that those demonstrations that have only increased. Since Friday prayers has ended and now those calls for demonstrations. Have only grown louder over the past couple of days with hundreds of people killed from clashes. That has been in support. And those that are against. The ousted president Mohamed Morrissey who of course has been taken down from power from the middle of June and since that time the military has stepped in. Two it's essentially form an interim government and just this week the biggest development as far as the government -- concerned. Is that Mohamed -- very day be vice president that was sent in as an interim basis had stepped down in protest because of the clashes and those. Increased calls from the Muslim Brotherhood. For now I'm -- cuts -- New York with this ABC news digital special report. This has been a special group. Report from me.

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