Egypt erupts with protests demanding Morsi ouster
A poster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi with Arabic that reads, "The end of the reign of terror," hangs on the side of the street next to the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 29, 2013. As the streets once again fill with protesters eager to oust the president and Islamists determined to keep him in power, Egyptians are preparing for the worst: days or weeks of urban chaos that could turn a loved one into a victim. Households already beset by power cuts, fuel shortages and rising prices are stocking up on goods in case the demonstrations drag on. Businesses near protest sites are closing until crowds subside. Fences, barricades and walls are going up near homes and key buildings. And local communities are organizing citizen patrols in case security breaks down. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Egypt erupts with protests demanding Morsi's ouster
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rest at their tent with a poster of the president at a public square outside the Rabia el-Adawiya mosque near the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egypt's embattled Islamist president held rival sit-ins in separate parts of Cairo Saturday on the eve of opposition-led mass protests aimed at forcing Mohammed Morsi from power. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:59 pm
Updated: 7:26 pm, Sun Jun 30, 2013.
CAIRO (AP) — Massive crowds are in the streets of Cairo and cities around the Egypt and even outside the presidential palace in a cheering tide of people attempting to force out the Islamist president with some of the largest protests Egypt has seen in 2 ½ years of turmoil.
Waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting, the protesters are attempting to show by sheer numbers that the country has irrevocably turned against Mohammed Morsi, a year to the day that he was inaugurated as Egypt's first freely elected president.
Morsi made clear through a spokesman he will remain in place 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, and fears are widespread that the two sides are heading to a violent collision.
At least four people were killed Sunday in shootings at anti-Morsi protesters in southern Egypt. And after dark, youths attacked the headquarters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo with rocks and firebombs, sparking clashes.
But the rampant violence many feared has not erupted so far.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:59 pm.
Updated: 7:26 pm.