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Clashes Erupt in Egypt After Friday Prayers

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Clashes erupted after Friday prayers in Egypt as thousands of supporters of the nation's ousted president attempted to demonstrate against the military government that deposed him.

The Reuters news agency reported that one protester died of a gunshot wound in central Cairo after marchers clashed with Egyptian security forces.

Despite a weeks-long security crackdown and hundreds of arrests of Muslim Brotherhood backers of ex-President Mohamed Morsi, demonstrators Friday seemed determined to take to the streets in Cairo and several Egyptians cities.

A strong military presence was evident to try to stop people from converging on Tahrir Square, a focal point in the last three years of dissent and demands for political and social change. Police fired tear gas on protesters as they approached the square on Friday.

Egypt's interim military regime says the crackdown against protests is a defense against "terrorism."

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