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Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa/AP)
Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa/AP)

The violence with which the Egyptian security forces stormed anti-government camps and the still-rising death toll are both shocking and part of a multi-decade pattern in Egyptian history.

The Egyptian government has also declared a month-long "state-of-emergency," which recalls not only the month-long emergency declared this January, but also comes in the historical context of the 40-year-long "emergency," which gave sweeping powers to the country's president and security forces.

Ending that "emergency" was one of the key goals of the uprising that began in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring.

What does looking at unfolding events in Egypt in the context of its modern history suggest about the country's future?

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This segment aired on August 15, 2013.

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