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Protesters beaten in Egypt demonstration

Khalil Hamra / AP

Egyptian riot police look on as Salafis, ultra-conservative Muslims, chant pro-government slogans in front of the Culture Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, on June 11. Fears that protests on June 30 will result in bloodshed were heightened when opposition protesters nabbed at least six pro-Morsi supporters outside the Culture Minister's office in Zamalek on Tuesday. An Associated Press reporter witnessed the protesters beating bearded men with their fists, kicking them and stoning them as they outnumbered riot police trying to intervene.

Khalil Hamra / AP

An Egyptian protester beats a Salafi man during clashes in front of the Culture Ministry in Cairo on June 11.

Khaled Elfiqi / EPA

Egyptian protesters scuffle during clashes between supporters and opponents of the culture minister, outside the ministry headquarters in Cairo on June 11.

Khalil Hamra / AP

Egyptian riot police try to separate Salafis and protesters during clashes in front of the Culture Ministry in Cairo on June 11.

By Maggie Michael, The Associated Press

Tensions rose Tuesday when a group backing Culture Minister Adel-Aziz rallied in front of his office in Zamalek, challenging those camped outside. Opposition protesters grabbed at least six of the Morsi supporters outside and began beating, kicking and throwing stones at the men. Riot police tried to intervene but they were outnumbered.

People on both sides appealed for calm and the anti-Brotherhood protesters eventually let go several bearded men they had grabbed and beaten. The sit-in continued with artists performing song and dance outside the minister's office.  Read the full story.

Khalil Hamra / AP

Egyptian police evacuate an injured Salafi man during clashes in front of the Culture Ministry in Cairo on June 11.

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