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Protesters hit Cairo's Tahrir on anniversary of deaths

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 - 01:47

Nov. 19 -Hundreds of Egyptians gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday to commemorate the deaths of protesters killed two years ago and call for reforms. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Egyptians return to the streets to mark the two year anniversary of deadly clashes that killed more than 40 people. Many continue to call for change. Some like what they see now showing support for army chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. Divisions in the country still spill into the streets as clashes erupt at Tahrir Square. At the Presidential Palace in Cairo Mursi supporters sound off. Security forces have killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members since Mursi was toppled. The group has been outlawed. They try to burn a picture of Sisi who is also celebrating his birthday. The overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 raised hopes that Egyptians would enjoy more political freedom after three decades of iron-fisted rule. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEMONSTRATOR, AHMED MAKHOOB, SAYING: "The story now is that people have become divided: some are completely supporting the military, others are completely supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. There is no one in the middle looking out for the poor people: for food, bread, gas. No one is calling for these things. For people it's either black or white, you're either with this side or the other." Late in the day the protests that began with the Arab Spring continue into the night -- and a future that is still very much a work in progress.

Protesters hit Cairo's Tahrir on anniversary of deaths

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 - 01:47

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