CAIRO/PORT SAID, Egypt – At Mohamed Morsi’s palace, police and protesters are clashing in the streets. Petrol bombs were hurled by opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi Friday as protesters demanded his overthrow following the deadliest violence in the seven months of his reign.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this follows recent stadium riots leaving several sentenced to death.
Youths threw about two dozen bombs and launched fireworks at the outer wall of Mohamed Morsi’s compound in Cairo as night fell and saw the departure of thousands of peaceful protesters. Police fired water cannons and tear gas at the crowd as a tree inside the compound caught fire. Riot police made their move outside the gates, sending the protesters scattering for cover, but they only came back for more.
According to the Huffington Post, the Head of the Republican Guard condemned the attack and attempts to climb the compound walls and storm one of the palace gates. He urged the protesters to keep their demonstration peaceful.
Around 60 people have been killed in riots that engulfed the country in the last seven days in Egypt’s worst crisis since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Police say at least 15 people were injured in the latest surge. ABC News claims one protester proclaimed out loud:
“This is all because of Morsi!”
President Obama had given Mohamed Morsi F-16’s after racial slurs were thrown about, The Inquisitr previously reported.
A man shouted against President Obama’s policy on Egypt:
“Why is Obama supporting Morsi and the Brotherhood? Why?”
Mohamed Ahmed, 26, one of the protesters at the palace, stated:
“I am here because I want my rights, the ones the revolution called for and which were never achieved.”
Mohamed ElBaradei, a secularist leader, tweeted:
“We brought down the Mubarak regime with a peaceful revolution and are determined to [realize] the same goals in the same way, regardless of the sacrifices or the barbaric oppression.”
Do you think the protests in Egypt are going too far, or is the increased violence at Mohamed Morsi’s palace necessary to make things change?
To my fellow Egyptians everywhere : The darkest hour is just before dawn. We shall overcome .
— Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) December 31, 2012