Violence has broken out ahead of a massive protest scheduled to convene in Egypt on Sunday. Images of the protests bordering on riots and police efforts to fight back the rioters are beginning to surface online and make their way into Western media. Reports also claim that one American was killed while witnessing the storming of a building housing Muslim Brotherhood officials in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.
The Washington Post’s Max Fisher reports that nationwide demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are already resulting in incidents of violence.
“[T]he video drives home the tension in Egypt right now,” Fisher reports. “The riot police in this video, and the citizens who are trying to help, all appear very, very tense. There’s a lot of shouting and agitation, and trigger fingers look awfully loose.”
Earlier, Egyptian state television reported that an unnamed American filming the protesters storming the Muslim Brotherhood offices in Alexandria was stabbed and later died. Initial reports claimed that the American who died was a journalist filming the protests, but Egypt’s interior ministry asserted that the American who died was not a reporter.
The American embassy and State Department are working to verify the claim that an American was killed in the riots.
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