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Secularists and Muslim Brotherhood supporters clash at Tahrir Square

Secularists and Muslim Brotherhood supporters clash at Tahrir Square

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party is urging its supporters to leave Tahrir Square after fighting took place there between rival groups.  More than 100 people have been injured in clashes between protesters who back President Mohamed Morsi and those who oppose him.

The protest was initially meant to be a demonstration of liberal and secular forces against Morsi, who they say failed to deliver on the demands of the revolution.  But then, supporters of the president scuffled with them, demanding the resignation of the prosecutor general.  The president had tried to fire him after 24 people were acquitted for an attack last year that killed eleven people. The prosecutor general refused to leave office,  saying nobody has the authority to sack him.

Critics are calling for an independent judicial body, saying the current justice system is corrupt.


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By Friday, protesters drove Muslim Brotherhood supporters out of Cairo's Tahrir Square before setting their buses on fire. Reuters captured the scene in the following video, with no reporter narration (the video will load in 1-2 seconds):

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