Houstonians protest over Egypt violence

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:24:13 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 05:33:03 PM CDT

For people who live in Houston with connections overseas, they say it's very difficult to see all the bloodshed in Egypt and they're concerned about what's going to happen next. Robert Arnold reports.

HOUSTON -

Despite calls for peace from the United States and around the world another violent day unraveled in Egypt in what protesters deemed a "Friday of anger."

The Muslim Brotherhood says it's an effort to show defiance of a government declared state of emergency.

For people who live in Houston with connections overseas, they say it's very difficult to see all the bloodshed in Egypt and they're concerned about what's going to happen next.

Nabil Merza is familiar with the chaos going on in Cairo. He used to live in Syria but now lives in Houston. Merza and his family watch the news each day and say things seem to be getting worse as hundreds are being killed.

"I feel sorry for them because they are honest. They didn't do anything. They just don't like somebody to be the dictator; in those countries all the presidents are dictators. They stay and won't move out," Merza said.

The attacks on the streets of Cairo have been blamed by some on supporters of the Muslim brotherhood, the group backing recently ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Government efforts to clear the group's protests resulted in the deaths of more than 600 people and more than 4,000 were hurt during the clash.

"We see them on the TV; they don't have anything in their hands, not even knives, and they die, innocent," said Khaled Atieh.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood called for what's being dubbed the "Day of Rage" and the unrest shows no signs of slowing down.

"Some people just don't know nothing. They are in the street. They don't want the army to rule the country," Atieh said.

And locals worry it could be months, if not years for peace to resume in that country.

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