Nightly News | January 26, 2013
>>> good evening. two years after the arab spring swept through egypt ushering in a new government and setting that country on a path to democracy, things could hardly be more chaotic. the last 24 hours have been some of the bloodiest since the start of the revolution, claiming 41 lives over the last two days. a day after nine people died in antigovernment street dmon strastra demonstrations in cairo 32 were killed today rooted in the country's still deep political division . we've been in the thick of some of those protests and start off tonight from cairo . good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, lester. you were here two years ago and saw the scenes back then. this was a country united behind one goal, to topple the dictator hosni mubarak but two years on this country is divided, polarized and for the first time many people here fear the violence is actually threatening the country's very stability. the chaotic moments when anger turned deadly. outside the city's jail, dozens were killed as protesters tried to storm it to free prisoners who minutes earlier were sentenced to death in cairo . 21 defendants were convicted for their part in a soccer stadium massacre that killed more than 70 fans one year ago. the verdict was read and relatives of those killed last year showed grief and joy. for them the ruling was just. an investigation concluded last year's deadly rampage was not a spontaneous outburst of crowd violence. many believed it was a conspiracy to kill supporters of a popular soccer team whose fans have been at the forefront of egypt 's revolution. a revolution that marked its second anniversary yesterday with deadly clashes in cairo and other cities, a scene quite different than two years ago. under pressure, the government deployed the military in some cities for the first time since president morsi came into office. but that didn't slow down protesters in cairo .
>> we've gotten word there are protests taking place outside of the parliament building so we're heading in that direction. all along the way on the side streets we've taken to get to the front lines baufs tecause of the police barricades there are dozens of protesters walking in the same direction. this is how quickly a situation goes from being a calm protest to an explosive and potentially violent one. here emotions are running high. young men chanting against the government. they accuse them of betraying egypt 's revolution. their anger often turns violent once they see the police.
>> we made it to the front lines of the clashes between the protesters and police. this is a government building set on fire as a result of the clashes. it is this type of chaos that has many people across the country extremely afraid of the volatile situation. one that has plunged egypt into deeper turmoil two years after its unfinished revolution . against the back drop of that violence a tremendous amount of political uncertainty. the country's main opposition says they're going to boycott the parliamentary elections next month and are calling on president morsi to anull a new constitution that was recently approved in a referendum. there is no indication that president obama morse president morsi is going to acquiesce so you can expect several more weeks and months perhaps of street fighting .