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Riots in Egypt, Friday
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Egyptians gather to mark uprising anniversary
Thousands protest against Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Tahrir Square; 25 injured in clashes with security forces

Egyptian opposition protesters are gathering in Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the 2010 Egyptian revolution. Some protestors are throwing rocks at security forces, which respond with tear-gas fire. So far 25 were injured.

 

Egyptian news outlets reported that opposition leaders Mohamed ElBaradei and Hamdeen Sabahi are taking part in a march toward Tahrir Square, where thousands are demonstrating against President Mohamed Morsi.

 

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Youth are carrying signs reading: "The regime is illegitimate. We demand a national rescue government, new constitution and parliamentary and presidential elections."

 


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Egyptian security forces around Cairo's presidential palace have been reinforced in preparation for the demonstrations.

 

Al-Jazeera reported that protesters will begin marching towards the square after Friday prayers, and that similar marches will be held in Alexandria and Suez.

 

It was also reported that the Muslim Brotherhood has organized several gatherings of its own to mark the revolution.  

 

On Thursday, Egyptian opposition leaders called for mass demonstrations against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, quoting the 2011 revolution slogan: "Bread, liberty, social justice."

 

Clashes were recorded as early as Thursday night. The health ministry spokesman stated that 16 protestors were injured early morning Friday in Tahrir Square, were security forces were deployed in anticipation of the riots.

 

 

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