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Millions join anti-Mursi protests

Millions join  anti-Mursi protests
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All groups come under umbrella of Tamarod (Rebellion) movement Seven dead in protests across Egypt; Opposition gives ultimatum to Mursi ...

All groups come under umbrella of Tamarod (Rebellion) movement
  • Seven dead in protests across Egypt;
  • Opposition gives ultimatum to Mursi
  • Deadline to quit set at 5 pm on July 2
Cairo (PTI): Opposition activists claim more than 22 million people in the nation of 84 million have signed the petition and have urged the signatories to come out in Tahrir Square. Inter
Seven people were killed and hundreds injured in violent clashes across Egypt where millions took to the streets on the second day on Monday giving an ultimatum to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to quit by Tuesday, as the the Arab country witnessed the largest rally in its history. In the capital here, thousands of people massed at the iconic Tahrir Square � the epicentre of pro-democracy protests in 2011 � under the banner of Tamarod (Rebellion) movement which is driving the campaign with a petition of signatures seeking 61-year-old Mursi's ouster and a snap election. "We give Mohamed Mursi until 5 pm (1500 GMT) on Tuesday July 2 to leave power, allowing state institutions to prepare for early presidential elections," Tamarod said in a statement on its website. The statement warned that Mursi would face a campaign of civil disobedience if he did not leave power by on Tuesday. Opposition activists claim more than 22 million people in the nation of 84 million have signed the petition and have urged the signatories to come out in Tahrir Square. Meanwhile, reports said seven people have been killed and hundreds injured in sporadic outbreaks of violence, raising fears of an escalation in violence in the country. Five people were shot in Nile Valley towns south of Cairo and two were killed in violence outside the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in the capital late on Saturday on the first anniversary of Mursi's election as the president. The opposition National Salvation Front said protesters will remain in the streets until the fall of the regime. Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, also vowed the pro-Mursi coalition will remain in sit-ins to defend until opposition end their rallies. Egyptian presidency urged all political forces to commit to peaceful protest, insisting 'dialogue' is only way out of impasse. "Dialogue is the only way to reach consensus," said a presidential spokesman on Sunday.
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