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Saturday 19 April 2014

Egyptian protesters storm palace

Protesters, who oppose Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi attempt to break through one of the gates of the Presidential Palace in Cairo

SECURITY forces sprayed protesters with water hoses and tear gas outside the presidential palace yesterday as Egyptians marked the second anniversary of autocrat Hosni Mubarak's ouster with angry demonstrations against his elected successor.

Some protesters broke out in chants: "The people want to bring down the regime," while others responded by throwing stones.

Graffiti scribbled on the palace walls read: "Erhal" or "Leave", the chant that echoed through Tahrir Square during the 18-day uprising two years ago, which ended with Mubarak stepping down on February 11, 2011.

Earlier, masked men briefly blocked trains at a central Cairo subway station and a dozen other protesters blocked traffic on a main flyover in Cairo. Hundreds rallied outside the office of the country's chief prosecutor demanding justice and retribution for protesters killed in clashes with security forces after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi took office last summer.

Egypt has been gripped by political turmoil since Mubarak stepped down and was replaced by a ruling military council that was in power for 17 months.

The rule of the generals was marred by violence and criticism that the council mismanaged the transitional period.

Morsi won the first free and democratic elections in June, but his Muslim Brotherhood, which rose to be Egypt's most powerful political group post-Mubarak, are now facing the wrath of Egyptians who say few of their goals when they toppled the old regime have been realised.

Irish Independent

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