4 Killed in Egypt Clashes

Anti-government protests turn deadly as tens of thousands flood streets

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2013 5:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Officials say three anti-government protesters have been killed in the southern Egyptian city of Assiut, after suspected Islamists riding a motorbike fired on protesters outside a local government building. One was killed and seven injured, prompting protesters to march on the local office of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, where at least two more were shot by gunmen inside the building, the AP reports. Another protester was killed outside Freedom and Justice party headquarters in Beni Suef.

The country is gripped with anti-government protests today, with hundreds of thousands massing in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other cities around the country to call for the removal of President Mohamed Morsi, the AP reports. "Today is the Brotherhood's last day in power," says one protestor at Tahrir. "I came here today because Morsi did not accomplish any of the [2011] revolution's goals ... the needs of the poor were not met." But Morsi, who has three years left in office, remains defiant in the face of growing opposition and calls for an early election. "If we changed someone in office who [was elected] according to constitutional legitimacy—well, there will be people opposing the new president too, and a week or a month later they will ask him to step down," he told the Guardian.

Egyptian protesters chant slogans and  wave national flags in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide protests...
Egyptian protesters chant slogans and wave national flags in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist...   (Amr Nabil)
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gather for noon prayers in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the...
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gather for noon prayers in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against...   (Amr Nabil)
Egyptian protesters chant slogans and hold anti-Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi poster during a rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding...
Egyptian protesters chant slogans and hold anti-Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi poster during a rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013....   (Amr Nabil)
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rest under shade outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president are gathering at Cairo's central Tahrir Square at the start of a day of massive, nationwide protests many fear...
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rest under shade outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Egypt's Islamist...   (Hassan Ammar)
An Egyptian protester watches an Apache army helicopter is it flies over Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the...
An Egyptian protester watches an Apache army helicopter is it flies over Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Egyptian...   (Amr Nabil)
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi stand in formation with sticks as they prepare to protect the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day...
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi stand in formation with sticks as they prepare to protect the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents...   (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi holds an umbrella as he protests outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the Islamist leader step down,...
An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi holds an umbrella as he protests outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Morsi...   (Hassan Ammar)
An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi holds a shoe against a poster with Arabic that reads, Huge year strike, during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people...
An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi holds a shoe against a poster with Arabic that reads, "Huge year strike," during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday,...   (Hassan Ammar)
Egyptian protesters chant slogans against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, during a rally in Tahrir Square, Cairo.
Egyptian protesters chant slogans against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, during a rally in Tahrir Square, Cairo.   (Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian anti-President Mohammed Morsi protester raises a red card with Arabic words saying, Leave during a rally in Minya, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of the president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide...
An Egyptian anti-President Mohammed Morsi protester raises a red card with Arabic words saying, "Leave" during a rally in Minya, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of...   (Ibrahim Zayed)
An Egyptian protester wearing a headband reading leave, chants slogans against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a...
An Egyptian protester wearing a headband reading "leave," chants slogans against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of...   (Manu Brabo)
Thousands of people gather to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City, Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013.  Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide protests that many fear could turn...
Thousands of people gather to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City, Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in...   (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi stand in formation with sticks as they prepare to protect the presidential palace with protective equipment in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday,...
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi stand in formation with sticks as they prepare to protect the presidential palace with protective equipment in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday,...   (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
A woman holds an Egyptian national flag during a protest calling for the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Morsi are gathering at Cairo's central Tahrir Square and the presidential palace at...
A woman holds an Egyptian national flag during a protest calling for the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of...   (Hassan Ammar)
An Egyptian protester chants slogans during anti-Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the Islamist leader...
An Egyptian protester chants slogans during anti-Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a...   (Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian girl holds a poster with Arabic that reads, Heave, Huge year strike, as she chants slogans during a protest against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Organizers of a mass protest against Morsi claimed Saturday that more than...
An Egyptian girl holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "Heave, Huge year strike," as she chants slogans during a protest against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace,...   (Hassan Ammar)
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold posters with Arabic that reads, Leave, the people want the fall of the regime, during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president are gathering at Cairo's...
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold posters with Arabic that reads, "Leave, the people want the fall of the regime," during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo,...   (Hassan Ammar)
Egyptian protesters pray the noon prayer under a national flag during a rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are gathering at Cairo's central Tahrir Square at the start...
Egyptian protesters pray the noon prayer under a national flag during a rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the...   (Amr Nabil)
An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans as he holds pot covers with Arabic that reads, leave, during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Morsi are gathering at Cairo's central Tahrir Square and...
An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans as he holds pot covers with Arabic that reads, "leave," during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday,...   (Khalil Hamra)
An Egyptian anti-President Mohammed Morsi protester sits on a palm tree as he holds a noose and a national flag in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of the president began massing in city squares in competing...
An Egyptian anti-President Mohammed Morsi protester sits on a palm tree as he holds a noose and a national flag in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013....   (Amr Nabil)
Women attend a rally to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City, Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide protests that many fear could turn...
Women attend a rally to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City, Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city...   (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
Men in protective gear march from a rally to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, seen on poster, as a contingent prepares to protect the presidential palace in Nasr City, Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing...
Men in protective gear march from a rally to support Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, seen on poster, as a contingent prepares to protect the presidential palace in Nasr City, Cairo, Sunday, June 30,...   (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans and dance with sticks during a rally in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive...
Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans and dance with sticks during a rally in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's...   (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
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