The national headquarters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo was attacked by anti-government protesters on Monday. During clashes outside the building on Sunday, eight people were killed. The raid comes on the heels of reports that four ministers have resigned "in solidarity with the people's demand to overthrow the regime.”
Nationwide protests against Morsi ran wild on Sunday, with demonstrators calling for his resignation and early elections. According to reports, the crowds in Tahrir Square on Sunday were the biggest since the 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
As they stormed Morsi’s headquarters, protesters broke windows, removed signage and began walking out of the building carrying office equipment, the BBC reported.
"This is a historic moment," said a man named Mohammed. "The Brotherhood ruined the country, so stealing from them is justified."
Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad warned that the movement would soon be forced to strike back.
"It's very dangerous for one entity in society to take up violence as a means of change because it may entice others to do so," he said. El-Haddad said that the Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau would make an announcement later on Monday.
"The people will not sit silent," he added.
A statement released by the rebels said that Morsi had until Tuesday to leave power or else people would initiate a campaign of "complete civil disobedience.”
The statement also made it clear that the rebels were not interested in reaching a compromise with Morsi.
"There is no way to accept any half measures," the statement said. "There is no alternative other than the peaceful end of power of the Muslim Brotherhood and its representative, Mohammed Morsi."