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Protesters fill Tahrir Square on anniversary of Egyptian revolution

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Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi demonstrate at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on Jan. 25.

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An Egyptian protester runs with a live tear gas canister during clashes with riot police in Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of protesters converged on the capital's iconic Tahrir Square on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on Jan. 25.

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An Egyptian protester evacuates an injured boy during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 25. Two years after Egypt's revolution began, the country's schism was on display Friday as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to mark the 2011 uprising that led to Egypt's change in power. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports. 

By Ahmed el-Shemi and Tom Perry, Reuters --

CAIRO -- Youths fought Egyptian police in Cairo and Alexandria on Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak and brought the election of an Islamist president whom protesters accuse of riding roughshod over the new democracy.

The Jan. 25 anniversary showcased the divide between the Islamists and their secular foes that is hindering President Mohammed Morsi's efforts to revive an economy in crisis and reverse a plunge in Egypt's currency by enticing back investors and tourists.

Inspired by Tunisia's historic popular uprising, Egypt's revolution spurred further revolts across the Arab world. But the sense of common purpose that united Egyptians two years ago has given way to internal strife that has only worsened and last month triggered lethal street battles.

Opponents of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday to revive the demands of a revolution they say has been betrayed by Islamists.

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SLIDESHOW: Tempers flair in Egypt's Tahrir Square

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A riot police officer gestures a during clashes with protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throwing stones at him along Sheikh Rihan street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on Jan. 25.

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Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flee from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes along Sheikh Rihan street near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Jan. 25.

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Egyptian men take part in midday prayer during a demonstration in Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of protesters converged on the capital's iconic Tahrir Square on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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Skirmishes break out between protesters and security forces, unseen, near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 25. Egyptian opposition protesters are gathering in Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak's autocratic regime.

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A general view shows protesters gathering during a demonstration marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 25.