Aug. 14 - The smaller Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo is shut down by police and demolition begins. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Egyptian security forces began to demolish a protest camp after clearing it of demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi, video broadcast by Nile TV showed on Wednesday (August 14). Firefighters and a mechanical digger had taken over the al-Nahda camp, the smaller of two protest sit-ins by Mursi supporters. It had been swiftly cleared in an operation by Egyptian security force personnel which began at 0700am local time. A second clear out operation, launched against the larger Rabaa al-Adawiya protest encampment, left at least 30 people dead, Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement said. There was no official confirmation of the deaths at Rabaa, in northeast Cairo, where thousands of Mursi supporters awoke to police helicopters circling over the site. Two members of the Egyptian security forces were shot dead as they tried to disperse protesters, the state news agency reported. The operation came after international efforts failed to mediate an end to a six-week political stand-off between Mursi's supporters and the army-backed government which took power after his ouster on July 3. With the Brotherhood calling on supporters to take to the streets, the violence risked further destabilising the most populous Arab nation and endangering hopes for democracy.