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Egypt protests begin with prayers, end in tear gas

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:34

Dec. 1 - Egyptian security forces fired teargas on protesters in Tahrir Square, as new constitution that reinforces military's power edges closer to approval. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A protests begin with prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo -- the same site that launched a revolution against the government on January 25, 2011. Now opponents of the current military rule are voicing their discontent The protesters are mostly students from Cairo University who marched on Tahrir Square which has been closed off to supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi. Some are here to support all those who have died in Egypt's conflict. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, AMR, SAYING: "I feel exactly the way I did on January 25th 2011 when we entered the square and right now I am demanding justice for the martyrs of January 25th, and all of the martyrs who have fallen under military rule. And God willing we will not leave from here until the military rule is brought down." Scuffles broke out between the protesters and government supporters as a new constitution that reinforces the military's political power edged closer to approval. Police used tear gas to clear the square. Earlier at Cairo University protests continued over the killing of a student last week. Students set ablaze a police van, then threw stones at it before forcing it to careen into a traffic island. The outrage on the streets went into the night as a shopping district fills with tear gas with one man left semi-conscious on the ground.

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Egypt protests begin with prayers, end in tear gas

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:34