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ICC Note: Egyptians took to the streets in “unprecedented numbers” to protest Islamist President Mohammed Morsi one year after he took office. The protestors came from all social classes and were calling for his ouster because of a pattern that promotes his Islamist agenda over the good of the people, producing sectarian violence, human rights abuse, and economic collapse.
By Bel Trew
7/1/2013 Egypt (Ahram) – Millions of opposition protesters hit the streets across Egypt to call for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday (which marked the end of his first year in office), with violence in leaving at least seven dead.
Hundreds of thousands of anti-Morsi protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis district and in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 revolution and the prime venue of many opposition demonstrations.
There were jubilant but defiant scenes at both protests, with huge crowds of protesters chanting that the beleaguered president “must go” and stressing that they “will not leave” until their demands are fulfilled.
“We’re staying put until Morsi resigns,” said Hawash Heikel, a 58-year-old lawyer, as he set up camp for the night in Tahrir Square. “I have travelled all the way from [the Nile Delta governorate of] Menoufiya. We’ve come in a group to say that Egypt made a contract with the president when we went to the ballot box, and he has broken that agreement.”
Heikel listed a number of common grievances echoed by protesters in Tahrir Square and across the country, including worsening fuel shortages and electricity cuts.
“Instead of telling us how he is going to fix these issues that are making our daily lives hell, he keeps talking about the big picture, and how Egypt is ‘moving forward.’ But he doesn’t give specifics,” he said.
The anti-Morsi Rebel campaign, which spearheaded the nationwide demonstrations, has called on all political parties and movements to leave their banners at home and unite, resulting in a sea of Egyptian flags.
Protesters carried red cards reading “Leave” in a symbolic gesture calling for the president’s ouster.
“Look around you,” said Ahmed Nagah, a 47-year-old teacher, gesturing to the crowds.”Today is a huge success.”
Nagah, who voted for Amr Moussa in last year’s presidential polls, explains how Morsi “has broken the rules” and lost his legitimacy. Nagah supports the Rebel campaign’s calls for the head of Egypt’s High Constitutional Court to take over as interim president until snap elections are held.

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