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BOISE -- The protests in Egypt turned deadly Tuesday night as President Mohammed Morsi refused to relinquish his power. Now, a full military coup appears to be gripping the largest of the Arab countries.

Sources say at least 23 people have died during the fourth day of consecutive mass rallies to protest Morsi's presidency.

Political opponents are demanding that Morsi step down. Yet, the country's first-freely elected president says he's not going anywhere.

Morsi was given a Wednesday deadline to placate protesters. It now appears that the Egyptian Military is stepping in to control the situation. Morsi's supporters have denounced the riots as a military coup.

LOCAL REACTION

A Boise man born in Egypt is now speaking out about the protests in his home country. Deen Fathy was born and raised in Cairo, but moved to the U.S. in 1991.

He, like many, is watching the protests closely, waiting to see the impact. Fathy says Morsi has not led the country the way he promised he would.

He did a lot of promises and what not -- and now none of them, none of them are happening, said Fathy.

Fathy told KTVB his family members and friends in Egypt are happy that citizens are uniting with both the military and police against the country's leadership.

It's beyond monumental, Fathy said. This is something unheard of in 6,000 years of Egyptian history. You cannot stand against all of the people ever, it's the will of the people it will happen sooner or later.

He says these protests are unprecedented, and are much different from last year's riots that overturned the previous president.

Fathy himself flew to Egypt to participate in last year's protests, feeling he simply had to be home.

This time, he's in Idaho, watching the coverage constantly, waiting for what he says will change Egypt's history and its future.

This is something we are not used to at all. Egypt lived by dictatorship all our life -- it's been a dictatorship, said Fathy.

Fathy tells us does believe Mohammed Morsi will step down, and hopes that transitional leadership will follow. He says his country then needs time to chose the right president to lead Egypt into democracy.

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