Egypt Protesters: Morsi Is Out Tomorrow

Demonstration death toll rises
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2013 4:48 AM CDT
Updated Jul 1, 2013 5:53 AM CDT
Graffiti depicting Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi covers an outer wall of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Cairo...   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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(Newser) – Egypt's renewed protests have escalated, with eight people now reported dead as crowds stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. Windows have been smashed and some demonstrators threw gasoline bombs, the AP reports, taking furniture and documents away with them. Countrywide, protesters are in the millions, with tens of thousands in Tahrir Square, the BBC reports; the numbers are reaching levels not seen since 2011.

Now, a branch of the movement, known as Tamarud, has gathered 22 million signatures calling for President Mohamed Morsi's resignation. The group wants him gone by tomorrow, the BBC notes: It's that or face "complete civil disobedience." Morsi has said he won't go anywhere, and his supporters are staging demonstrations of their own. A BBC editor wonders if protesters have the organization required to take on the Brotherhood—and what might happen if the army intervenes, as the defense minister has suggested is possible. (Read more Mohamed Morsi stories.)

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