Five dead in Egypt as protesters demand Morsi ouster

July 1, 2013 | By More

July 01, AP – “It is the biggest protest in Egypt’s history,” a military source told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that “millions” of people were on the streets across the country.

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But as clashes broke out later on Sunday, five people were killed.

Five people died as protesters flooded Egypt’s streets calling for the President Mohamed Morsi to step down, in massive demonstrations reminiscent of the 2011 revolt which ultimately paved the way to his leadership.

Television pictures showed the building on fire as dozens of people attacked it, throwing stones and fire bombs.

Supporters of the Brotherhood fired buckshot at the attackers in a bid to repel them, an AFP journalist at the scene witnessed. Later, automatic weapons fire could be heard around the building.

Three people were killed in the central province of Assiut when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on protesters, a security official said.

One person died and 40 others were injured when supporters and opponents of Morsi clashed in Beni Sueif province, south of Cairo.

“Dialogue is the only way through which we can reach an understanding…,” Morsi’s spokesman Ehab Fahmy told reporters.

“The presidency is open to a real and serious national dialogue.”

But as chants of “Leave!” rang out around Cairo, the main opposition National Salvation Front called for a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience.

They urged Egyptians to stay on the streets until Morsi stepped down.

One opposition leader called on the army to intervene if Morsi refused to quit.

“The armed forces must act, because they have always been on the side of the people,” which “has expressed its will”, said Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in the 2012 presidential election.

The best outcome would be if Morsi went of his own accord, he added.

Anti-Morsi protests were held in the coastal city of Alexandria, the Nile Delta cities of Mansura, Menuf, Tanta and Mahalla, the canal cities of Suez and Port Said and in the president’s hometown of Zagazig.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, protesters waved red cards and Egyptian flags as patriotic songs boomed from large speakers.

“The people want the ouster of the regime,” the protesters chanted, echoing the signature slogan of the 2011 revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought Morsi to power.

Morsi supporters have been holding counter rallies for days to defend his legitimacy and there had been fears of major confrontations.

Associated press journalist for human rights observers – Khizer hayat reports from the region.

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