Nightly News   |  June 30, 2013

Protests continue in Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Egypt’s Tahrir Square continues to be the center of violent protests more than two years after the Arab Spring ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak. Now, supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi are clashing, with efforts afoot to remove the democratically elected leader, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>> two and a half years after the arab spring southwest ekwipts@qpu1 success ser is under siege tonight. violent protests have left at least four people dead and nearly 200 injured as a nationwide movement to out him gains traction. that's where we find nbc's amon.

>> reporter: it's been one year sincev president. they are highlighting the deep divisions in this country that many fear will turn&'? violent. hundreds of thousands gather in tahrir square. and theyiwl toppled one leader and today they want tobfa do it again. outside the palace, a festive atmosphere, but with a serious message.

>> we are muslims and christians saying to the worldwide, this is enough.

>> reporter: she is one of the 22 million egyp shans over the past two months that demand he step down from power. she and millions more were part of a grass rootest. its members say a year after morsi was will he elected, things have gotten worse. but across town, the presidentrgy supporters, some 20,000 armed with bats and riot gear, came out to literally defend their leader and the fraj i'll dedemocracy. we are here defending our democracy, he says. in his first year in power, the president's supporters say he has increased media freedom , broaden political participation and stabilized!u an economy in free fall. tonight,cwa protesters torched the political officesywn of a president's muslim brotherhood . and at least several people have been killed in clashes over the past five days. and tonight the country's military is on high alert. some have even called on them to intervene and out president morsi, a move critics say would be a coup and could lead to a civil war . today egypt is divided more than it has ever been. and more importantly, united states is watching the?[ developments very closely.