Fear of assassinations haunt Egypt opposition
In this Monday Feb. 4, 2013 image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, center, meets with the army chief and defense minister, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, third left, and other members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, SCAF, at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt. The military remains widely popular and revered as the nation's protector and some Egyptians privately speak of their wish to see the military rid them of Morsi, his Brotherhood and other Islamists, provided the army's rule is short. AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 5:17 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
CAIRO (AP) - Watching the events in Tunisia, where a leading anti-Islamist politician was shot to death this past week, members of Egypt's liberal opposition are fearfully asking: Could it happen here too?
Their fears of a renegade Islamist attack on any of the top opposition leaders have been hiked by religious edicts issued by hardline clerics on TV saying they must be killed. But even before those edicts, activists have been worried by signs they say show that ruling Islamists are starting to target their ranks - disappearances of activists from protests, telephone death threats, warnings from security officials.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 5:17 pm.