(CAIRO) -- Egyptians who were expecting that things might loosen up in the country two months after President Mohamed Morsi's ouster got some bad news on Thursday.
Fearing that the situation is still potentially explosive, Egypt's interim government decided to extend the state of emergency at least through the end of October and possibly beyond that.
The government, which is essentially controlled by the military, has extra security powers to quash any civil disobedience that might arise as Morsi's supporters remain determined to return the Islamist leader to power.
The current crackdown began last month when Egyptian security forces bulldozed their way through two protester encampments in Cairo, resulting in widespread rioting and hundreds of civilian deaths.
Leaders of Morsi's political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, were also taken into custody to keep them from spurring more street demonstrations.
Other steps the government has taken to discourage opposing views include closing down TV stations accused of Islamist bias.
Meanwhile, no decision has been reached on continuing to enforce a curfew that prevents Egyptians from venturing out at night in various parts of the country.
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