Crowds march in Egypt, pushing for Morsi's removal

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Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 2:03 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president have poured into the streets in Cairo and across much of the country on the first anniversary of Mohammed Morsi's inauguration.

Chanting crowds waving Egyptian flags and carrying posters of Morsi crossed out in red have packed central Cairo's Tahrir (tah-HREER') square, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

Throngs also marched to the presidential palace. Some chanted "You lied to us in the name of religion." Others raised a banner proclaiming "Morsi = Mubarak."

Nearby, thousands of Morsi's supporters gathered outside a mosque. Some wore homemade body armor and construction helmets and carried shields and clubs as protection.

Amid fears of clashes between Morsi's opponents and supporters, banks closed early and most government offices shut down. Police reported seizures of firearms, explosives and even artillery shells at various locations.

But as night fell, there were few reports of violence.

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145-c-16-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"could be clashes"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports there are huge demonstrations around Egypt, for and against the Islamist president. (30 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NM172: Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest near the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (30 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NM166: Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (30 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NM170: Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (30 Jun 2013)

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