Feb. 8 - Egyptians torched vehicles and hurled stones at the presidential palace, prompting police to respond with tear gas and water cannons. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Scores of Egyptians assaulted the presidential palace with stones in a protest against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Friday (February 8). A few hundred protesters were gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo late evening. Some threw stones and homemade bombs at the main gate. Police fired water cannons to scatter them. In Alexandria, police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of protesters who set fire to several cars. Fierce protests erupted late last month over what demonstrators saw as Mursi's attempts to monopolize power as well as wider political and economic grievances, but the unrest had calmed over the last week. While the number of protesters has dwindled, distrust of Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood and a sense of political and economic malaise have continued to bring people into the streets.