NewsNation | February 01, 2013
>> >>> we have developing news and protesters in cairo converged on the presidential palace there. they're throwing molotov cocktails and stones at the palace for hours. we have images showing what's going on. you see there morsi issued a statement condemning the violence. his spokesperson is now warning security forces will fight back to protect state property . joining me now from cairo, nbc news foreign correspondent aman mohadene. what's the latest there?
>> reporter: good afternoon. for several hours now, police pushing protesters back outside the presidential palace . let's try to set the scene a little bit. because it's really all about the timing that surprised so many people. earlier today, there were calls for large protests, demonstrations as we have seen all week long and called for by major political forces and called on to be peaceful and no violence whatsoever. when they arrived, the police was not on the outside of the palace walls. no military there and relatively peaceful protest and then all of a sudden they started to throwing molotov cocktails . a portion of the presidential palace we could see did catch on fire. that was extinguished. shortly after that, riot police pushed out of the presidential palace and started firing teargas at the protesters and the scene around it remains very chaotic. tremendous amount of mayhem there. dozens of protesters injured but a lot of political forces condemning the violence and questions as to how the peaceful protest once again turned violent. it's also triggered spontaneous outbursts of protests behind us here in downtown cairo . another march under way. expected to be a long night across the capital.
>> a spokesperson for morsi warning that security forces will fight back to protect state property . what options or what does that specifically mean in pushing back? we know certainly the anger and hostility especially at morsi and any pushback from him could turn this from violence seeing now to something far more explosive and fightening.
>> absolutely. you know, there's a growing sense of frustration among many egyptians angered by how violent many of the protests are. so the police today have been asked by not only the presidency but other political forces to use force. egypt's police force is notorious for using brutal techniques, sometimes live ammunition, killing protest earls as we saw in the revolution. the fear is that the police because they're not well equipped, not well trained when they use statements like that coming out of the presidential palace they'll use decisive force, it could mean more bloodshed. it scares a lot of people across the country. right now the police using teargas, rubber bullets to keep the protesters at bay but we have seen it does violent and deadly very quickly sometimes.
>> thank you very much, ayman.
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