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Seven dead as Egypt marks revolution’s third anniversary

Seven dead as Egypt marks revolution’s third anniversary

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At least seven people have been killed in clashes in Egypt as the country marks the anniversary of the 2011 uprising which ended with the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. Rival demonstrations of supporters and opponents of the military-backed government took place in Cairo. But police broke up anti-government protests with tear gas, and arrests were reported in Cairo and Alexandria. Hundreds have died since July when the army deposed President Mohammed Morsi. The government has said extra security measures are in place for Saturday. Egyptian Interior Minister Muhammad Ibrahim urged Egyptians not to be afraid to go to events marking the anniversary of the uprising. Thousands of supporters of the military and the government have gathered in high-profile locations including Tahrir Square – the focal point of the 18-day 2011 popular revolt. Participants waved Egyptian flags and banners showing army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom many urged to run for president.

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