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Egypt erupts in violence

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 - 01:18

July 1 - Violence erupts overnight in Egypt on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Mohamed Mursi. Julie Noce reports.

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Daybreak in Tahrir square and all is quiet... But overnight, violence erupted at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Demonstrators threw petrol bombs at the building after a day of protests to mark the one year anniversary of President Mohamed Mursi's inauguration. Protesters exchanged gunfire with guards inside the building. One man lay on the ground bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound. At least seven people were killed in the clashes and some 600 others wounded. Earlier in the day, hundreds of thousands of anti-Mursi demonstrators packed Tahrir Square and the streets surrounding the presidential palace in the biggest demonstrations since the 2011 uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The protesters want Mursi to step down - accusing his party of monopolising power and pushing Islamic law on citizens. But his supporters, who also gathered by the thousands not far from the anti-government demos, say Mursi was elected democratically and has a legitimate right to govern. Mursi's first year in office has been plagued with opposition calls for his resignation and early elections- although members of his Muslim Brotherhood party appear dug in for the long term.

Egypt erupts in violence

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 - 01:18

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