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Pro-Mursi protests spread to Egypt's provinces

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 00:46

Aug. 30 - Pro-Mursi protests take place in the port city of Suez and in the deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's hometown of Sharqiya. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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STORY: Clashes broke out in the streets of Sharqiya in Egypt on Friday between protesters demonstrating against the military and an unidentified group of people, according to a Reuters eyewitness at the scene. Youths were seen throwing stones as smoke rose in the distance. The protests took place in the hometown of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the country's army last month. In Giza thousands of pro-Mursi supporters took to the streets, protesting against his forced removal in what they describe as an 'illegal military coup'. Mursi was voted in by Egyptians in democratically held elections. The Islamist President succeeded former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, after he was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011, ending Mubarak's 30-year rule. Many of the protesters out on the streets of the provinces were demanding Mursi's re-instatement and were also protesting against the recent bloody army-backed crackdown where hundreds of Mursi supporters were killed. In the port city of Suez thousands of protesters turned out on the city's streets. Similar to the protests in other parts of the country they carried placards and banners with the four-fingered Rabaa sign. The sign has now become synonymous with the army-backed governments crushing of protest camps earlier this month near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, where Mursi supporters had staged a sit-in demanding his reinstatement. The four fingered rabaa sign is swiftly becoming a symbol of the protester's defiance. Egypt is enduring the worst internal strife in its modern history, triggered by the army's July 3 overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, a Brotherhood member.

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Pro-Mursi protests spread to Egypt's provinces

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 00:46