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Anti-Morsi protesters march across Egypt

Friday, February 1, 2013 12:57 PM

CAIRO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of protesters dissatisfied with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi staged another round of demonstrations across the country Friday.

The protests follow the deadliest week of violence -- more than 60 people died -- since Morsi took office, the BBC reported.

Thousands of people demonstrated in Port Said, marking the anniversary of soccer riots in which 74 people died in the city. This week, the city had clashes sparked by death sentences for 21 local people in the riots.

Thousands of people marched in the rain in Port Said, chanting, "With our soul and blood, we will defend you, Port Said," Ahram Online reported.

Protesters marched to Tahrir Square in Cairo and staged rallies in Alexandria.

Human rights officials expressed concern over an increase in sexual violence against women in Cairo since the latest protests began, the BBC said.

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said 25 women have been sexually assaulted, mainly in Tahrir Square.

Michelle Bachelet, of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women unit, said she was "deeply disturbed by the gravity of [the] recent attacks."

The current unrest began Jan. 24 in Cairo on the eve of the second anniversary of the 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters accuse Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, of imposing a new form of authoritarianism and turning his back on the values behind the uprising.

Morsi's supporters said his detractors are trying to use the power of protest to oust Egypt's first democratically elected leader.

On Tuesday, the Egyptian army chief, Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, warned the degenerating situation could lead to the collapse of the state.

(Source: UPI )
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