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Egyptian security forces clash with protesters in central Cairo

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    Egyptian protesters shout anti-President Mohammed Morsi slogans in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 17, 2013. Hundreds of protesters gathered to demand early presidential elections and the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Associated Press

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    An Egyptian protester shouts anti-President Mohammed Morsi slogans in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 17, 2013. Hundreds of protesters gathered to demand early presidential elections and the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime. Arabic on the poster reads, "Mohammed Morsi, the leader of Zionism." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Associated Press

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    An Egyptian activist covers her face with an applications for "Tamarod", Arabic for "rebel", a campaign calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and for early presidential elections, during a protest in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 17, 2013. Hundreds of protesters gathered to demand early presidential elections and the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Associated Press

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    Egyptian protesters shout anti-President Mohammed Morsi slogans during a protest in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 17, 2013. Hundreds of protesters gathered to demand early presidential elections and the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Associated Press

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    Egyptian protesters shout anti-President Mohammed Morsi slogans in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 17, 2013. Hundreds of protesters gathered to demand early presidential elections and the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Associated Press

Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them in central Cairo, hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and demanding early presidential elections.

The Friday protests witnessed low turnout but come on the heels of a campaign dubbed "Rebel," which aims at collecting 15 million signatures on a petition to oust Morsi and hold early elections. Coordinators said they have collected 2 million signatures.

The demonstrators earlier marched through Cairo before converging on Tahrir Square, chanting: "Down with the rule of the Guide," in reference to the leader of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi's opponents say he only serves the interest of the Brotherhood. The group says it has won legitimacy through the ballot box.