Egyptians stream into streets to demand Mursi quit

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June 30, 2013

CAIRO | Egyptians poured onto the streets on Sunday, swelling crowds that opposition leaders hope will number into the millions by evening and persuade Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to resign.

Waving national flags, tens of thousands gathered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, seat of the 2011 uprising against his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

“The people want the fall of the regime!” they chanted – this time not against an ageing dictator but against their first ever elected leader, who took office only a year ago to the day.

As the working day ended and the heat of the sun eased, more joined them on the otherwise deserted streets of the capital. Many are angry at Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, saying it has hijacked the revolution through a series of electoral victories to monopolize power and push through Islamic law.

Others are simply frustrated by the economic crisis, deepened by political deadlock, over which Mursi has presided.

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