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Flames of rage in Egypt

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 01:30

Oct. 12 - Protesters drive Muslim Brotherhood supporters out of Cairo's Tahrir square Friday before setting their buses on fire. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi clashed in Cairo on Friday in the first major incident of street violence between rival factions since the Islamist leader took office. Islamists and their opponents threw stones, bottles and petrol bombs at one another while some fought with their bare hands, showing feelings still run high between the rival groups trying to shape the new Egypt after decades of autocracy even though the streets have generally been calmer since Mursi's election in June. The Health Ministry said 110 people had sustained light to moderate injuries in the clashes, state media reported. As night fell, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were driven out of Tahrir square, which competing groups of protesters had fought for control over throughout the day. While a new government is in place following the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year, Islamists and liberals are at loggerheads over the drafting of the new constitution, which must be agreed before a new parliament can be elected. Many of the thousands who gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday were angry at this week's court ruling that acquitted former officials charged with ordering a camel and horseback charge on protesters in the uprising that ousted Mubarak. But even before that ruling, Mursi's opponents had called for protests against what they say is his failure to deliver on his promises for his first 100 days in office. There was no intervention by police, who have often been the target of protesters' anger in the past due to their brutality against demonstrators in last year's revolt. Two buses parked near the square were set on fire. The buses had been used by the Brotherhood to bring supporters to the protest. The charge by men on camels and horseback was one of the most violent incidents of the uprising that ousted Mubarak in February 2011. The case has been closely watched by those seeking justice for the hundreds killed in the revolt. The court acquitted top Mubarak-era officials such as former lower house speaker Fathi Sorour and Mubarak aide Safwat Sherif, both of whom are detested by many Egyptians.

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Flames of rage in Egypt

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 01:30