Medford Man Witnesses History in Cairo

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MEDFORD, Ore. — U.S. officials are warning citizens to stay away from Egypt and anyone who lives there, should leave. Egypt is enduring more violence and bloodshed, after the first democratically-elected president was ousted by the Egyptian military.

Now the government is cracking down on former President Morsi supporters, causing severe clashes between Egyptians. At least 638 people are dead and 3,900 more are injured.

President Obama is condemning what Egypt’s government is doing. He canceled the bi-annual joint military exercise scheduled next month, which normally involves thousands of American forces. This all comes just two years after similar violence was seen during a revolution in 2011.

A Medford man continues to see the clashes in Cairo up close. He was also in Egypt during the revolution two years ago.

Thursday, Drew Brammer said it has been eerily quiet on the streets of Cairo with the curfew and state of emergency in effect. Reporter Steven Sandberg caught up with Brammer on Skype as he went through a second night of the curfew. He says he’s felt safe.

Most of the clashes are taking place far away from his home near Tahrir Square in Cairo. He also says the increased military and police presence has cut down on the criminal activity he saw in the weeks before President Mohamed Morsi was forced out.

Brammer says these clashes have taken a different tone from the revolution in 2011, he said at that time, it was about Egyptians coming together in protest, and now it’s become a clash of Egyptian versus Egyptian. He says he’s hopeful the country can continue to move toward democracy without more violence.

“I do feel like this is an extension of the revolution, Egypt is still going through the motions of democracy,” said Brammer.

Brammer is currently working as a teacher in Cairo, he recently came home to visit Medford for the first time in two years.