February 1, 2013
A fire erupted at the entrance of Egypt’s presidential palace Friday night as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks in a battle with security forces, who responded with tear gas and water cannon.
Egypt has been rocked by violence since last week’s two-year anniversary of its 2011 revolution. Protesters have been angry over the slow pace of change and recent edicts by President Mohammed Morsy, who imposed a 30-day curfew on areas engulfed by violence.
Earlier this week, anti-government protesters ignored Morsy’s curfew order in cities along the Suez Canal and clashed with police and troops, raising more questions about the stability of the Middle East’s most populous country.