December 11 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Friday, August 16, 2013
An Ilford man who used to live in Cairo has called for an end to the bloody military crackdown on pro-Morsi protestors.
Munye, 41, lived in the Egyptian capital between 1986 and 1991.
He said: “I’ve got a lot of friends still in Egypt who I went to secondary school with and I’m really worried about them.”
A state of emergency has been declared in the country after at least 600 people died when the army cleared protest camps on Wednesday.
Police have been authorised to use live ammunition against protestors, many of whom are Muslim Brotherhood supporters opposing the ousting of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Munye welcomed statements by David Cameron and other world leaders condemning the violence.
He said: “It’s good that they are putting pressure on the military – they have been in power for 50 years.
“It’s like a war zone there – how can they do something like that against civilians, even if protestors are armed?
“I hope the people who are responsible will be brought to justice, even if it is in years from now.”
Despite the unrest in Egypt, Munye would still live there again.
He said: “I would definitely go back there, it’s a really nice country to live in, but it’s been difficult since 2011.
“They are in a period of transition, there has never been democracy there.
“But hopefully they will be able to achieve what they want.”