Friday, February 1, 2013
Violence flares in Cairo as thousands protest Morsi regime throughout Egypt — RT
Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the British Embassy in Cairo and clashed with the security guards, Al-Arabiya reported.
Cairo footage also showed angry crowds pushed back from the presidential palace by the police.
Egypt’s presidential office has called political factions to withdraw from outside the president’s palace, Al-Arabiya said. Egyptian PM Hesham Qandil has also urged all political parties to condemn violent protesters.
But the opposition is unlikely to call the people off the streets after it spoke in favor of mass demonstrations despite Thursday talks with Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb of Al-Azhar University. Al-Tayyeb, a well-respected spiritual figure in Egypt, urged the rival sides to renounce violence and agree to set up a committee to start peaceful talks. “The marches for tomorrow are still on, as the Azhar document condemns violence but we are not doing anything violent,” one of the opposition members was cited by Reuters.
Chaos and violence will continue if Morsi ignores the peoples’ demands, the opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Friday according to Al-Arabiya. Egypt’s National Salvation Front will meet Saturday to discuss the latest developments, Al-Arabiya added.
Sporadic clashes with the police in Cairo were also reported earlier Friday, and several protesters were injured by rubber bullets.
Several thousand people have gathered in Tahrir square on Friday, RT’s Bel Trew said.
“We came here to get rid of Morsi. He's only a president for the Brotherhood,” a protester told Reuters from amid the angry crowd that filled Tahrir square.
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Egyptian protesters throw projectiles in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on February 1, 2013.(AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki)