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Egyptian clashes on key anniversary

Sunday, April 07, 2013 - 01:29

Apr. 7 - Five hundred Egyptians take part in anti-government protests in Cairo on the fifteh anniversary of the creation of the April 6 Youth Movement. Sarah Toms reports.

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Hundreds of Egyptians protest against the Muslim Brotherhood, their chants call for the fall of the ruling party. By nightfall the protests turned violent with demonstrators clashing with police Police said they fired watercannons to prevent protesters storming a court. They had gathered to mark the fifth anniversary of the creation of the opposition group -- April 6 youth movement -- which played a crucial role in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. Now protesters are expressing their frustration with his replacement - President Mohammed Morsi - saying he has failed to bring the change he promised. Muslims and Christians clashed in other parts of the country. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHRISTIAN RESIDENT, KAMEEL, SAYING: "Without God's mercy yesterday, more people could have died yesterday. Without God intervening yesterday to quiet the situation down, things could have got even more out of control. But there must definitely be other people who have a hand in the situation, people who want to cause sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians, because we have been living together all our lives. I've been here longer than 30 years and I have never seen any violence or extremism in our area." Five were killed and several wounded. Sectarian violence has increased since the overthrow of Mubarak gave freer rein to hardline Islamists repressed under his rule.

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Egyptian clashes on key anniversary

Sunday, April 07, 2013 - 01:29