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Rival demonstrators clash in their battle over Egypt's constitution

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Rival demonstrators clash in their battle over Egypt's constitution


Violent clashes between rival groups have raged through much of the night in central Cairo as the country’s constitutional crisis continues to be fought on the streets. Four people were reported killed.

Euronews reporter Mohammed Shaikhibrahim caught up with some of the protesters.

One pro-President Mursi supporter asked :
“If these people are civilians, where have they got these weapons and bullets from that they are using against us… there seems to be a third group hiding among us…where have they suddenly appeared from?”

Moving through the streets our reporter tried to get closer to the front line to see at first hand what was going on.

Riot police tried to separate the two sides but failed to halt the fighting. Along with those killed, a government spokeman said around 350 were injured as the clashes turned into running battles.

“Islam does not allow for this!” complained an opposition protester. “ They are following Islam in name only and using their members like sheep. Where is the army? They army says they are protecting the law, but in fact they are only protecting the Muslim brotherhood.”

Eventually Reporter Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reached the front line in between the pro-Mursi protesters and the opposition. He described the scene as stones were hurled on all sides along with Molotov cocktails. Obviously some people were armed as shots rang out.

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