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Egypt Deploys Troops to Suez to Control Violence

Egyptian soccer fans of Al-Ahly club celebrate a court verdict that returned 21 death penalties in last years soccer violence, which left 74 dead, inside the club premises in Cairo, Egypt, January 26, 2013.
Egyptian soccer fans of Al-Ahly club celebrate a court verdict that returned 21 death penalties in last years soccer violence, which left 74 dead, inside the club premises in Cairo, Egypt, January 26, 2013.
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Egypt's armed forces deployed troops to the city of Suez, early Saturday, after at least six people died there in clashes between police and protestors Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.  

Violence erupted across Egypt Friday in a day of nationwide protests marking the anniversary of the uprising.  In addition to the six killed in Suez, another person was killed Friday in Ismailiya.  The Health Ministry says more than 450 people were injured across the country.

President Mohamed Morsi has appealed for calm.  In a post on his Twitter account Friday, Morsi urged Egyptians to "adhere to the values of the revolution, express opinions freely and peacefully, and renounce violence."   

Egyptian news outlets late Friday reported government buildings were set on fire in Suez.

  • Pro and anti-government protesters throw stones during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, January 30, 2013.
  • Egyptian riot police arrest a man during clashes with protesters near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, January 30, 2013.
  • Protesters celebrate the capture of a state security armored vehicle that demonstrators commandeered during clashes with security forces and brought to nearby Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, January 28, 2013.
  • Protesters use camera phones to capture a burning state security armored vehicle that demonstrators commandeered, brought to Tahrir Square and set alight, Cairo, Egypt, January 28, 2013.
  • Egyptian riot police clash with protesters, not seen, near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 27, 2013.
  • Egyptians carry the coffin of a man killed protests a day earlier in Port Said, Egypt, January 27, 2013.
  • Smoke rises after Egyptian protesters clash with police, unseen, in Port Said, Egypt, January 27, 2013.
  • A riot police officer gestures during clashes with protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throwing stones at him near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2013.
  • A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throws a tear gas canister, earlier thrown by riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2013.
  • Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throw stones towards riot police during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2013.

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei sent a message on Twitter calling on protesters to "finally achieve the objectives of the revolution."

Earlier, in Cairo, thousands of protesters marched toward Tahrir Square, where police fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators attempting to breach barriers that security forces had erected to protect government buildings.

On Thursday, President Morsi urged people to stay calm and mark the anniversary peacefully. The Muslim Brotherhood has announced it will not take part in celebrations or protests, but will instead launch a charity drive.

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by: Fawaz Hamdani from: Egypt
January 26, 2013 6:59 PM
there is no "Government" in Egypt. the Muslim Brotherhood has hijacked the country and attempted to consolidate by force and "constitution" a semblance of "legitimacy" - the fact is that we know exactly who and what they are - a terrorist organization affiliated with Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and Hamas. soon we will make Syria look like stability central...

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