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Egyptian protesters penetrate barrier at Morsi’s palace

Reuters

December 7, 2012 | 9:35 am

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Dec. 7. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Dec. 7. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egyptian protesters broke through a barbed wire barricade keeping them from the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday and some climbed onto army tanks and waved flags.

Up to 10,000 protesters had been penned behind the barrier, guarded by tanks that were deployed on Thursday after a night of violence between supporters and opponents of the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, in which seven people were killed.

Demonstrators cut the barbed wire and hundreds swarmed through and surged up to the walls of the palace, some kissing the police and military guards surrounding it. "Peaceful, peaceful," they chanted.

Troops of the Republican Guard, which had ordered rival demonstrators to leave the vicinity on Thursday, moved to the front gate to secure the main entrance to the palace.

Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Alistair Lyon; Editing by Andrew Roche

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