Egyptian lawmaker talks state of emergency while visiting Minnesota

The President of Egypt has declared a state of emergency in three cities after a weekend of violence. Reuters reports that Mohamed Morsi made the declaration in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after the deaths of forty nine people in demonstrations over the past few days. Riots broke out in Port Said on Saturday when a court delivered a death sentence against twenty one people in a case of deadly soccer violence last year. The Los Angeles Times reports that seven people were killed and more than six hundred were injured in Port Said yesterday when police and unknown gunmen opened fire on a funeral procession for those who died in violence a day earlier. This morning police fired tear gas at youths hurling stones near Tahrir Square in Cairo.

A lawmaker from Egypt. Dr. Abdel Mawgoud Dardery, is visiting Minnesota at this pivotal time. Representing Luxor, Egypt, Dr. Dardery is one of the spokesman for the foreign relations committee of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. Dr. Dardery and Hamdy Makky of the Egyptian American Society of Minnesota appeared on KFAI's Morning Blend and talked with Siobhan Kierans and Dale Connelly. [Audio below]