Egypt on high alert as protesters mark anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster

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Egypt is on high alert, as protesters have begun rallying in remembrance of the second anniversary of ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, according to various media.

Security forces have surrounded the presidential palace, according to Agence France-Presse. Police presence has also been boosted in Tahrir Square and around several key government offices and public facilities, AFP says.

“There will also be extra security around the main metro stations after some groups threatened to block the tracks,” AFP quoted one security official as saying.

Protesters are demanding that President Mohammed Morsi fulfill the vows he made when he and his Muslim Brotherhood backers rose to power. Specifically, Mr. Morsi had promised Egyptians greater freedom and social justice, according to various media reports.

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