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Egyptian protesters clash with security forces

Egyptian protesters try to tear down a cement wall built to prevent them from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building near Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal)

CAIRO: Witnesses say Egyptian riot police firing tear gas have clashed with dozens of protesters who were trying to tear down a cement wall built to prevent demonstrators from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building.

The violence in central Cairo Thursday comes on eve of the second anniversary of Egypt's Jan. 25 uprising, which toppled longtime authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Youth activists and opposition groups are calling on Egyptians to mark Friday's anniversary with mass demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in front of the presidential palace.

They want to use the occasion to put pressure on President Mohammed Morsi and his ruling Muslim Brotherhood. Many secular and liberal Egyptians accuse the Islamist group of trying to monopolize power.

 

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