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Egyptian Protesters Set to Rally on Mubarak Ouster Anniversary

Protesters in Egypt are set to stage fresh demonstrations Monday, airing their frustrations with President Mohamed Morsi's government on the second anniversary of former leader Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

The protests are set to take place in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as well outside the presidential palace in the capital.

VOA's correspondent Elizabeth Arrott in Cairo reports tensions are rising.

"Some Cairo businesses are shutting early and sending people home as the city braces for more possible unrest," she reports. "Opposition forces have called for marches and rallies...There are also reports that Western-modeled anarchist elements, including the "Black Bloc' will try to disrupt transportation such as bridges and subways."



Tahrir Square was the epicenter of the 18-day uprising that forced Mr. Mubarak to step down and end his nearly 30-year rule.

The revolution brought a new government, but protesters have rallied against Mr. Morsi's policies, saying he and his hardline Muslim Brotherhood supporters are betraying the spirit of the 2011 uprising.

Protesters are calling for a new unity government, with the country's largely secularist opposition seeking seats in the Cabinet.

The president's allies have resisted that demand, saying the opposition is trying to gain power that it could not win through elections.

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