Thousands of people gather to protest in Egypt

  • 30 June 2013
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Nel reports on the protests in Egypt...

Crowds are gathering to protest in cities and towns across Egypt, to demand the resignation of the country's president.

Mohammed Morsi was elected exactly one year ago but people are unhappy about the way he's running things.

A lack of jobs, as well as fears over his religious and political views, have caused major demonstrations.

Three people were killed in the unrest on Friday.

Split society

Not everyone wants to see President Morsi step down. Many people still support him and want him to stay as president for his full term of four years.

Supporters of the president also plan to hold their own rallies. The Egyptian army has warned it will step in if the protests get out of control.

2011 protests in Egypt

In January 2011, there were massive protests against Hosni Mubarak, who had been president of Egypt for 30 years. People unhappy with the way he was running the country protested for more than two weeks.

Hundreds of people were killed as violence broke out between protestors and people supporting the government.

Eventually, Mubarak announced he was stepping down and Egyptians then voted for a new leader in the country's first ever presidential elections.