Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi Does Not Fear Civil War

With more than 1,000 Egyptians dead, civilian leader explains reason behind military's crackdown.
2:15 | 08/20/13

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Transcript for Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi Does Not Fear Civil War
Tonight in egypt the dangerous escalation of tension continues. Martha raddatz has made her way to the center of the crises and the crackdown to ask some tough questions. It's an abc news exclusive. # Reporter: He is one of the most powerful men in egypt right now and a civilian leader behind the military's brutal crackdown on its own people. No country will allow to have a paramilitary people taking the streets preventing simple inhabitants in the neighborhood not able to go out. But they were killed for doing that. We didn't provoke it, we asked them to go freely. We started by throwing only tear gas and they answered back by firing. Reporter: The result? More than 1,000 egyptians dead, most of them for protesting the military seizing power. You do not believe security forces used excessive force at all? I cannot say that all the police are peaceful of course, there are some exceptions. I cannot say 100 percent, but I'm sure that by and large they try to abide. # so no remorse for what happened? When you see people dying from one side or the other, you cannot say I have remorse, but you feel bad because this is human blood, when I see egyptians fighting each other. They belong to this country, they are brothers. Despite being one of america's greatest allies in this volatile region, the prime minister knows the us is now considering cutting off more than one billion dollars it gives egypt each year. What if the u.S. Cuts off military aid? This will be a very bad sign. It will definitely affect the military for some time, but at least one of benefits of being human, you can survive. Reporter: Despite it all, the prime minister predicts that there will be free elections here within months. But he also acknowledged the bloodshed may not be over, diane? Thanks so much, martha. Great to have you reporting out of egypt tonight. You can see more of it on "nightline."

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