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Thousands attend funerals in Port Said as Egypt's stability teeters


Egyptian protesters clash with police in Port Said on Sunday. Some in the crowd fired guns and police responded with volleys of tear gas, witnesses said. State television reported 110 were injured.

The funerals keep coming in Egypt.

Thousands turned out Monday in Port Said to attend funerals for the seven people killed in the previous day's violence, which broke out as mourners paid their respects to 33 people who had died in riots the day before. The riots were a mass reaction to a judge sentencing 21 people to die for their roles last year in a soccer stadium brawl that killed 74 people, some of them thrown from balconies, after a match between teams from Cairo and Port Said.

Meanwhile, a man in Cairo was shot dead during a fifth day of clashes during protests against the government of President Mohammed Morsi, Reuters reported, citing a source in the Interior Ministry. The 46-year-old man was not taking part in the protest on the edge of Tahrir Square, and it was unclear who shot him. Police have fired volleys of teargas at stone-throwing protesters around the square.

The news agency also reported that Egypt's cabinet had approved draft legislation that would expand the army's powers, giving soldiers the right to arrest civilians and help police with security as the death toll from demonstrations reached 50.

Port Said and two other cities along the Suez Canal where violence has flared -- Ismailia and Suez -- prepared for their first night under curfew Monday after Morsi declared a monthlong state of emergency in them.

The most recent violence began Friday, the second anniversary of the "Arab Spring" uprising that felled the government of Hosni Mubarak. Protesters say that Islamists are taking over Morsi's government and their revolution and that they don't want to live under the strict rule that the Muslim Brotherhood might impose.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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