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Protesters break through barrier round Egypt palace

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CAIRO (AFP) – Protesters opposed to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi broke through barbed wire barriers protecting his Cairo palace on Friday, but a cordon of soldiers prevented them from entering the main gate, AFP correspondents at the scene said.

A crowd of more than 10,000 protesters thronged the square in front of the palace, where army tanks were deployed. Some sprayed graffiti on the palace’s perimeter wall, telling Morsi to “Go.”

No violence was seen, but tensions were high after clashes at the same spot on Wednesday between pro- and anti-Morsi supporters left seven people dead and more than 600 injured.

Several tanks were stationed in the square and nearby, but made no movement against the protesters, some of whom clambered aboard to declare that the army was “hand in hand” with them.

The crowd also shouted: “We want to see the fall of the regime” — another slogan chanted in February 2011 when a popular uprising toppled the autocratic regime of Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

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