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June 30, 2013

Tension rises ahead of Egypt protest

CAIRO (AP) — Organizers of a mass protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claimed yesterday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the Islamist leader step down, asserting that the tally was a reflection of how much the public has turned against his rule.

The announcement is foreboding on the eve of opposition-led mass demonstrations that many fear could turn deadly and quickly spin out of control, turning into a dangerous round of political violence.

The demonstrations planned for today reflect the growing polarization of the nation since Morsi took power, with the president and his Islamist allies in one camp and seculars, liberals, moderate Muslims and Christians on the other.

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