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Protesters continue campaign at presidential palace in Egypt

| Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 9:46 p.m.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A protester stands silhouetted against a flag during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, a day that some are calling the 'Friday of Deliverance.' Across Egypt, anti-government protests took to the streets in marches, calling for the 'demands of the revolution.' They are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently-approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Police stand guard at the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, as an anti-goverment demonstration forms on the street in front. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
People watch as an anti-government demonstration ensues in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The demonstrators are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Police attempt to keep anti-government protesters back behind barbed wire in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The demonstrators marched to the palace to continue their demands for the dismissal of the current government, dissolution of the Shura Council, an independent judiciary, as well as other demands. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
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Demonstrators march to the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, calling for the dismissal of the current government, dissolution of the Shura Council, an independent judiciary, as well as other demands. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A young boy sells Egyptian flags at an anti-government demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Protesters gather in an anti-government march in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The demonstrators are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently-approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A police officer stands guard at the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, as a demonstration forms on the street in front. Anti-government protesters took to the streets near the palace as well as across Egypt, calling for a reiteration of the 'demands of the revolution.' They are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently-approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Police stand guard near an entrance at the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, during anti-government demonstrations. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A protester chants in an anti-government demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, a day that some are calling the 'Friday of Deliverance.' Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A protester paints on the wall of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, during an anti-government demonstration as part of a day that some are calling the 'Friday of Deliverance.' Across Egypt, anti-government protesters took to the streets in marches, calling for the dismissal of the current government, dissolution of the Shura Council, an independent judiciary, as well as other demands. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A woman yells at police as she joins an anti-government demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The demonstrators are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A protester leads a chant in an anti-government march, ending in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The demonstrators are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A police officer stands guard behind a barbed wire fence at the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, as a demonstration forms on the street in front. Anti-government protesters took to the streets near the palace as well as across Egypt, calling for a reiteration the 'demands of the revolution.' They are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently-approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
A protester gives the peace sign as he passes a military installation during anti-government march that ended in front of the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The demonstrators are asking for the dismissal of the current government, amendment of the recently approved constitution and the appointment of a new prosecutor-general. Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review

CAIRO — Protesters attacked the presidential palace here on Friday as the Arab world's most populous nation entered a second week of unrest.

Youths heaved Molotov cocktails and stones or shot fireworks over the palace walls, forcing a presidential guard to retreat until riot police fired tear gas, buckshot and water cannons into the crowd of more than 1,000.

One death and dozens of injuries were reported. Clashes erupted across Tahrir Square, and chanting crowds marched on parliament and the state television building.

The violence followed a day of peaceful protest against President Mohamed Morsy and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic-based party that controls parliament.

Chaotic confrontations with police were broadcast live on Egyptian television. In one scene, police stripped and beat a demonstrator while an armored car fired into a crowd.

Anti-government protesters want a unity government, amendments to a new but controversial constitution, the dissolution of parliament and judicial independence. A growing chorus condemns the Islamic tenor of Morsy's eight-month rule.

Earlier in the day, Mohamed El Baradei, leader of the National Salvation Front opposition bloc and a Nobel laureate, wrote on his Twitter account that violence will continue until Morsy and the Brotherhood “listen to people's demands.”

Morsy's office responded with its own Twitter posts, accusing protesters of “attempting to storm the palace” and calling on the opposition to denounce the violence.

Many of the youths battling police are not controlled by any party, however — and some said the palace attack was in response to police kidnapping their comrades.

Egypt's top prosecutor has accused one such group, the Black Bloc, of terrorism and begun arresting its members. The bloc insists it is protecting demonstrators from Brotherhood attacks.

The thousands who turned out here and across the country on a rainy Friday were far fewer than in previous protests, but their rage against Morsy was no less fervent.

“You are not the protectors of religion, and we are not infidels!” one group chanted as it marched on the presidential palace. They spray-painted walls with slogans — “Liars in the name of religion!” and “Revenge!”

One demonstrator, Sherif Chalabi, 33, said the Brotherhood does not “care about anyone else, just themselves.”

“The Mubarak regime was bad, but the Morsy regime is even worse,” said Chalabi, a night manager at a luxury hotel.

Huda Fowzi said fellow protesters reject Egypt's Islamist-leaning constitution and want “a new government that represents all the Egyptian people.”

“If this is Islam, I don't want this Islam,” the 50-year-old architect declared.

Wael Hussein, 40, a tour guide, condemned the Brotherhood as a “huge block” on “the road of the revolution” and said Egyptians “don't want an Islamic regime, but a moderate regime.”

“I hope the American regime will stop the aid to the Muslim Brotherhood,” he added. “I hope they understand that the majority of the Egyptian people are moderate.”

Betsy Hiel is the Tribune-Review's foreign correspondent. Email her at bhiel@tribweb.com.

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