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Pro-Mursi protests spread to Egypt's provinces

STORY: Clashes broke out in the streets of Sharqiya in Egypt on Friday between protesters demonstrating against the military and an unidentified group of people, according to a Reuters eyewitness at the scene. Youths were seen throwing stones as smoke rose in the distance. The protests took place in the hometown of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the country's army last month. In Giza thousands of pro-Mursi supporters took to the streets, protesting against his forced removal in what they describe as an 'illegal military coup'. Mursi was voted in by Egyptians in democratically held elections. The Islamist President succeeded former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, after he was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011, ending Mubarak's 30-year rule. Many of the protesters out on the streets of the provinces were demanding Mursi's re-instatement and were also protesting against the recent bloody army-backed crackdown where hundred

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