Violence mars anniversary of Egypt uprising; 7 dead

Demonstrations fueled by anger at Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood spark street battles in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said.

January 26, 2013 02:39
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Police throw stones at protesters during clashes in Alexandria, Egypt January 25, 2013.

police throw stones at protesters in Alexandria 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)


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After a sunny afternoon of flag waving and chanting, Tahrir Square filled with tear gas and violent protests late on Friday night, the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

In Suez, the protests turned fatal, when seven people were shot and killed, including at least one member of the security forces. Across Egypt, 456 people were injured, officials said, in demonstrations fueled by anger at President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Street battles erupted in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said.

Arsonists attacked at least two state-owned buildings as symbols of government were targeted. An office used by the Muslim Brotherhood's political party was also torched.

The protests were an attempt to reignite the passionate demonstrations that toppled President Hosni Mubarak after 18 days in 2011 and channel the anger towards Morsi.

Protesters echoed the chants of 2011's historic 18-day uprising. "The people want to bring down the regime," they chanted. "Leave! Leave! Leave!" chanted others as they marched towards the square.

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