Egypt President Mohamed Morsi’s Removal Sparks Celebrations

Egyptians celebrate along the Nile in Cairo after the military announced the removal of President Mohamed Morsi. (Amel Pain / European Pressphoto Agency / July 3, 2013)

[Los Angeles Times]

Egyptians celebrate along the Nile in Cairo after the military announced the removal of President Mohamed Morsi. (Amel Pain / European Pressphoto Agency / July 3, 2013)
Egyptians celebrate along the Nile in Cairo after the military announced the removal of President Mohamed Morsi. (Amel Pain / European Pressphoto Agency / July 3, 2013)

CAIRO — Opponents of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, celebrated into the night Wednesday after the military removed him from office, filling the streets in parts of the capital and in other cities and towns.

Revelers danced and cheered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and outside the presidential palace, waiving flags and flashing green-colored lasers. Fireworks lighted up the sky.

“We want a better future, a better economy,” said Riham Adel, a 28-year-old secretary who joined the throngs in Tahrir Square, epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak. “We don’t want to be so divided and polarized, and this is what the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi did to us.”

But while some celebrated the overthrow of what they regarded as an authoritarian leader with a heavily Islamist agenda, the removal of Egypt’s first freely elected president incited fury among Morsi’s supporters. They too were in the streets Wednesday, but appeared less defiant than in previous days.

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