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Egyptian Against Egyptian: At Least 10 Killed as MILLIONS Across Country Demand President Morsi Step Down


The opposition is ready to show the Islamists that they mean business. But so do the Islamists. If neither side gives in, this will not end well any time soon …

Isaiah 19:2, “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom …”

By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL and SARAH EL DEEB, The Times of Israel – “CAIRO (AP) — Millions of Egyptians thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace, filling a broad avenue for blocks, in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with the most massive protests Egypt has seen in 2½ years of turmoil.

In a sign of the explosive volatility of the country’s divisions, a hard core of young opponents broke away from the rallies and attacked the main headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, pelting it with stones and firebombs until a raging fire erupted in the walled villa. During clashes, Brotherhood supporters opened fire on the attackers, and activists said three protesters were killed.

Several news reports put the number of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir square with over a million, with large numbers in other Egyptian cities. Demonstrators say they are angered over the country’s flailing economy and Islamist domination in the halls of power.

Fears were widespread that the two sides could be heading to a violent collision in coming days. Morsi made clear through a spokesman that he would not step down and his Islamist supporters vowed not to allow protesters to remove one of their own, brought to office in a legitimate vote. Thousands of Islamists massed not far from the presidential palace in support of Morsi, some of them prepared for a fight with makeshift armor and sticks.

At least five anti-Morsi protesters were killed Sunday in clashes and shootings in southern Egypt.

The protesters aimed to show by sheer numbers that the country has irrevocably turned against Morsi, a year to the day after he was inaugurated as Egypt’s first freely elected president. But throughout the day and even up to midnight at the main rallying sites, fears of rampant violence did not materialize.

Instead the mood was largely festive as protesters at giant anti-Morsi rallies in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and outside the Ittihadiya palace spilled into side streets and across boulevards, waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting.

Fireworks went off overhead. Men and women, some with small children on their shoulders, beat drums, danced and sang, ‘By hook or by crook, we will bring Morsi down.’ Residents in nearby homes showered water on marchers below — some carrying tents in preparation to camp outside the palace — to cool them in the summer heat, and blew whistles and waved flags in support.

‘[Then-president Hosni] Mubarak took only 18 days although he had behind him the security, intelligence and a large sector of Egyptians,’ said Amr Tawfeeq, an oil company employee marching toward Ittihadiya with a Christian friend. Morsi ‘won’t take long. We want him out and we are ready to pay the price.'” Read more.

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