Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a state of emergency in 3 provinces, following clashes between protesters and security forces across the nation.
Dozens of people were killed on Friday in the eastern city of Suez and other areas, in protests against the government. The rallies were held to mark the 2nd anniversary of an uprising that led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.
Protestors used the occasion to renounce Morsi for enacting a new constitution that they say favors Islamists, and his failure to fix the economy. A riot in the northern city of Port Said on Saturday left more than 30 people dead.
Violence erupted after 21 people were sentenced to death in connection with deadly violence at a soccer match last year. The government sent troops to these areas to pacify the protesters, but the efforts were unsuccessful. In a televised address on Sunday, Morsi said he would introduce a state of emergency to Port Said, Suez and Ismailia provinces where severe fighting is ongoing. A nightly curfew will be imposed for a month.
Morsi said he will take additional actions if the unrest continues. However, young people are calling for demonstrations after dark to protest the curfew.