Egypt: eight pro-Morsi protestors die in Egypt amid voting

Special forces on the streets with orders to shoot

14 January, 15:20

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JANUARY 14 - At least eight protestors supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi have lost their lives in the first day of Egypt's constitutional referendum. The deaths have occurred in Beni Suez, Giza, south of Cairo, and in Sohag in Upper Egypt, where 6 people died.

    The interior ministry has deployed rapid intervention forces across all the country's governorates to ensure security for the voting. According to an interior ministry statement reported by the state TV, soldiers have been given the order to ''shoot'' anyone trying to ''assault voters''. ''Voting is a national duty,'' interim prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi was quoted by MENA as saying. The PM expressed optimism about the expected outcome of the constitutional referendum. Witnesses say there has been ''unprecedented turnout'' in Upper Egypt (southern Egypt), especially by the Coptic community, despite threats of retaliation by fundamentalists appearing on Facebook. Military overflights have occurred in some areas the capital, but speculation that at least one military helicopter had dropped flyers urging the population to vote ''Yes'' to the referendum has been found to be baseless. (ANSAmed).

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