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Crowds march in Egypt, pushing for Morsi's removal

Sunday - 6/30/2013, 4:20pm  ET

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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144-v-28-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Huge rallies of opposing sides have formed in Egypt. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (30 Jun 2013)

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