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Three people dead, over 400 injured in 4th day of Egyptian clashes (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT

Three people dead, over 400 injured in 4th day of Egyptian clashes (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it
Three people have been shot dead and over 400 injured in fresh clashes in the Egyptian city of Port Said. The death toll has risen to 48 as violence on the streets of Egypt continues for the fourth day in a row.
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Tanks outside Egypt presidential palace, streets calm

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(Reuters) - At least four tanks deployed outside the Egyptian presidential palace on Thursday in a street where supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Mursi had been clashing into the early hours of the morning, Reuters witnesses said.

Three armored troop carriers were also in the street outside the palace. The violence that had stretched from Wednesday afternoon into the early hours of Thursday had abated and the streets were calm.

The soldiers' badges identified them as members of the Republican Guard, whose duties include guarding the presidency.

Traffic was moving through streets strewn with rocks thrown during the violence. Hundreds of Mursi supporters were still in the area, many wrapped in blankets and some reading the Koran.

"We came here to support President Mursi and his decisions. He is the elected president of Egypt," said Emad Abou Salem, 40, a Mursi supporter. "He has legitimacy and nobody else does."

(Reporting by Reuters TV/Edmund Blair; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Patrick Graham)

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Egypt deploys tanks outside Morsi palace

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At least five people have been killed and over 400 injured in overnight clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo...


Egypt's army has deployed tanks outside the presidential palace after a night of deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi.

Four tanks and three armoured personnel carriers were stationed metres from the front gate of the palace in northern Cairo as hundreds of Morsi's partisans chanted slogans in support of the president early on Thursday.

At least five people have been killed and over 440 people injured in the Egyptian capital as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed near the presidential palace on Wednesday evening, the health ministry said.

Fighting continued into the early morning on Thursday with fires burning in the streets where the opposing sides threw stones and petrol bombs at each other.

"No to dictatorship," Morsi's opponents chanted, while their rivals chanted: "Defending Morsi is defending Islam."

Riot police were sent in to break up the violence on Wednesday, in which about 350 people were injured.

Opposition protests

The opposition is demanding Morsi rescind a decree giving him nearly unrestricted powers and shelve a disputed draft constitution that the assembly passed hurriedly last week.

Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, said hundreds of protesters remained in the streets before dawn on Thursday, but that most of Morsi's opponents had retreated.

A small group of opposition activists had been camped outside the palace since Tuesday night, when tens of thousands rallied against the presidential decree.

Supporters of Morsi marched to the palace on Wednesday and tore down the opposition's tents. Witnesses said they threw stones and used clubs to attack demonstrators.

Thirty-two people were arrested on Wednesday, according to a statement from the interior ministry. 

Protests spread to other cities, and offices of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood in Ismailia and Suez were torched.

Both sides blamed the other for starting the clashes: Opposition leaders said Morsi was responsible for the bloodshed, while senior Brotherhood officials accused the opposition of "inciting violence".

Morsi did not make any public appearances on Wednesday, but his prime minister, Hisham Qandil, issued a brief statement calling for calm "to give the opportunity for the efforts being made now to begin a national dialogue".

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Morsi to address Egyptians Thursday amid mounting violence

Morsi to address Egyptians Thursday amid mounting violence | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it
As protesters battled supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, his chief of staff announced that the president would address the nation Thursday.

Cairo (CNN) -- As protesters battled supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy outside his palace, his chief of staff announced Thursday that the president would address the nation later in the day.

The chief of staff, Refaa El-Tahtawy, said the speech would include important news but did not specify what that might be.

The announcement came hours after demonstrations erupted into violence Wednesday night over Morsy's assumption of sweeping powers last month.

Three of Morsy's advisers resigned Wednesday in protest of his edict, while demonstrators set fire to offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, in three cities.

The unrest comes as Egypt lurches toward a scheduled December 15 referendum on a new constitution. Days of largely peaceful protests in Tahrir Square had preceded Wednesday's violence.

After Morsy supporters chased protesters from the grounds, pro- and anti-Morsy demonstrators threw rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at each other.

Late Wednesday, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood called on protesters to withdraw from the area of the palace "and not to protest there again due to its significant symbolic position as the president's office."

Egyptian state media said no one was killed, but the Health Ministry reported two were killed and 271 were injured.

Dr. Mohamed Sultan, a spokesman for the ministry, said the injuries ranged from bruises to cuts, burns and fractures.

More marches were promised for Thursday, said Rami Shath, a member of the Revolutionary Alliance and the Free Egyptian Party.

"We hold opposition figures, namely Sabbahi & ElBaradei, fully responsible for escalation of violence & inciting their supporters," said the Muslim Brotherhood in a tweet, referring to opposition leaders Hamdeen Sabbahi and Mohamed ElBaradei.

Morsy, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was a Muslim Brotherhood leader before winning office in June, when he resigned from the movement and the Freedom and Justice Party to represent all Egyptians, he said. Demonstrators were protesting his recent edict granting himself sweeping powers and the proposed constitution -- drafted by an Islamist-dominated council -- that they fear will give him even more power.

"This is not what we asked for," one protester said. "It's a complete dictatorship."

Other protesters vowed to remain in the streets until Morsy is forced to leave office. "He's not our president anymore," another protester said.

The three advisers who announced their resignations said they had done so after failing to persuade Morsy to reverse his November 23 decree.

"He has rejected all our suggestions and initiatives that may have avoided the cycle of violence we are witnessing today," Ayman al-Sayad, Seif Abdel Fattah, and Mohammed Esmat said in a joint statement.

But the powerful Muslim Brotherhood called the protesters "thugs" who were trying to overthrow the president.

"By the grace of God, the Egyptian people will be able to protect this legitimacy, its constitution and its institutions," the group said on its Facebook page.

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Images & Video from the Muslim Brotherhood's attack on the anti-Morsy sit-in by presidential palace

Images & Video from the Muslim Brotherhood's attack on the anti-Morsy sit-in by presidential palace | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it

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UPDATE 1-Three advisers to Egypt's Mursi quit over crisis

UPDATE 1-Three advisers to Egypt's Mursi quit over crisis | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Three members of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's advisory team have resigned over the crisis ignited by a decree that expanded his powers, presidential sources said on Wednesday.

Seif Abdel Fattah, Ayman al-Sayyad and Amr al-Leithy all tendered their resignations, bringing to six the number of presidential staff who have quit in the wake of a decree that has triggered countrywide violence.

The previously announced resignations included a Christian and a woman. They were part of a presidential staff assembled by Mursi, an Islamist, in an effort to build an inclusive administration.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera television, Sayyad said the three resignations announced on Wednesday had been tendered a week ago.

"We have tried, over the course of an entire week to solve it, but unfortunately we did not succeed," he said.

"We announce now clearly that we failed."

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Egypt: Protesters march on presidential palace (VIDEO)

Egyptian protesters broke through police lines around the presidential palace while protesting against President Morsi's push to hold a snap referendum on a new constitution.


Thousands of Egyptian protesters demonstrated on Tuesday against President Mohamed Morsi's push to hold a snap referendum on a new constitution. The police fired tear gas on the protesters, as some broke through police lines around the presidential palace, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press reported that as many as 100,000 protestors took to the streets around the palace, where demonstrations became violent later in the day, leaving 18 with minor injuries. Protests were also underway in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Simmering anger against Morsi has boiled over among the opposition since Morsi announced a decree on Nov. 22 that would expand his powers, putting him above the reach of the Egyptian courts. The protesters on Tuesday chanted, "The people want the downfall of the regime," according to Reuters.

Reuters later reported that Morsi had left the palace as protesters clashed with police, citing two anonymous sources. A "presidential" source said Morsi had left the palace, while a security source also confirmed the news.

Morsi's decree not only makes him immune to judicial challenge, it also protects the Islamist-dominated upper house of Egypt's parliament and the assembly which wrote the constitution, noted Egyptian newspaper Ahram Online.

"Everything in the current constitution has been carefully constructed to serve Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda," political activist Nahid Rouchdy told Ahram Online. The constitutional referendum is slated for December 15.

The Associated Press noted that this is Egypt's worst political crisis since former President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown following weeks of protests.

The current conflict pits Morsi and the conservative Muslim Brotherhood, which dominates parliament, against youth groups, liberal parties and large segments of the public, according to the AP.


From Cairo, GlobalPost's Erin Cunningham commented that the reports of clashes and tear gas being fired by riot police are "going to cause President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters to hunker down even more. The rhetoric and narratives will harden and become more incendiary. We can most likely expect a media push tomorrow by the Brotherhood that paints the demonstrators as thugs, or foreign-paid rioters. This polarization doesn't bode well for the upcoming constitutional referendum."

She continued, "Morsi has granted himself exceptional powers. Following clashes at the presidential palace — and some reports say protestors are actually on the grounds of the palace — I think one of the fears is that Morsi will use those powers to enact a serious crackdown on the protestors. That could mean sweeping arrests of activists in the coming days, or criminalizing certain types of protest."

The New York Times reported that eleven privately owned newspapers had stopped publication in protest of Egypt's draft constitution, which proposes limits on freedom of expression. At least three private television networks also said they would not broadcast on Wednesday. It's the sharpest strike yet in the push against the draft constitution. 

GlobalPost's Erin Cunningham contributed reporting from Cairo.


Here is raw footage of the protesters, via Reuters:


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Tahrir Sq. Egypt, now. LIVE stream

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A protest scheduled for today in Egypt.  A march from Tahrir to the Presidential Palace, titled "The Final Warning."  March to the Palace was blocked, demonstration in Tahrir raging.

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Egypt’s new constitution limits fundamental freedoms and ignores the rights of women

Egypt’s new constitution limits fundamental freedoms and ignores the rights of women | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it
A draft constitution approved by Egypt’s Constituent Assembly falls well short of protecting human rights and, in particular, ignores the rights of women, restricts freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion, and allows for the military trial of civilians, Amnesty International said.

“This document, and the manner in which it has been adopted, will come as an enormous disappointment to many of the Egyptians who took to the streets to oust Hosni Mubarak and demand their rights,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

Freedom of religion is limited to Islam, Christianity and Judaism, potentially excluding the right to worship to other religious minorities such as Baha’is and Shi’a Muslims.

The constitution fails to provide for the supremacy of international law over national law, raising concerns about Egypt’s commitment to human rights treaties to which it is a state party.

Furthermore, the document fails to fully guarantee economic, social and cultural rights, such as protection against forced evictions - it also tolerates child labour.

Paradoxically demands for dignity and social justice were at the heart of the “25 January Revolution”.

“The process of drafting the constitution was flawed from the outset, and has become increasingly unrepresentative. We urge President Morsi to put the drafting and referendum process back on the right path, one that includes all sectors of society, which respects the rule of law – including the vital role of an independent judiciary – and results in a constitution that enshrines human rights, equality and dignity for all,” said Hadj Sahraoui.

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the assembly - widely boycotted by opposition political parties and Christian churches - is not truly representative of Egyptian society. The body is dominated by Freedom and Justice Party and the Nour Party. At the outset, the assembly only included seven women and their numbers have since dwindled.

Opposition political parties have withdrawn their members from the assembly, as have Christian churches, in protest at the assembly’s make-up and decisions.

They have voiced a number of concerns, including the lack of representation of young people, of a variety political parties, and the role of Shari’a law has played – including in respect of women’s rights.


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EA WorldView - Home - Syria, Egypt (and Beyond) Live Coverage: Internet Returns as Regime Tries to Hold Damascus "Periphery"

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1524 GMT: Egypt. An 18-year-old activist, Ahmed Naguib, has died of gunshot wounds suffered during last month's clashes between security forces and protesters just off Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Naguib was hospitalised last week with a head injury.

At least one other protester has died of gunshot wounds, and another succumbed to tear gas inhalation since the fighting began almost two weeks ago. Protesters were marking the one-year anniversary of the death of 45 demonstrators during rallies near Government buildings.

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Tahrir Square 30 - 11 - 2012

Thousands Protest at Tahrir Square against Constitutional Amendments 30th of November 2012.
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Egypt keep protesting! Tahrir, today.

Egypt keep protesting! Massive protests now in Egypt's Tahrir square.

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Presence Counts · 15o · OccupyLjubljana

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Live now at Presidential palace in Cairo. where Tanks have been brought out

Live now at Presidential palace in Cairo. where Tanks have been brought out | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it

Live now at Presidential palace in Cairo. where Tanks have been brought out.


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Bloodshed as Muslim Brotherhood and Anti Morsi Protesters Battle in Cairo

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Three senior advisers to Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first elected president, resigned during the battles, blaming him for the bloodshed.


CAIRO — Angry mobs of Islamists battled secular protesters with fists, rocks and Molotov cocktails in the streets around the presidential palace for hours Wednesday night in the first major outbreak of violence between political factions here since the revolt against then-President Hosni Mubarak began nearly two years ago

Three senior advisers to Mr. Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first elected president, resigned during the clashes, blaming him for the bloodshed, and his prime minister implored both sides to pull back in order to make room for “dialogue.”

Periodic gunshot blasts could be heard at the front lines of the fight, and secular protesters displayed birdshot wounds and pellets. But it could not be determined whether riot police or Islamists or the opposition had fired the guns.

Many in both camps brandished makeshift clubs, and on the secular side a few carried machetes. By 11 p.m., more than 211 people had been injured, the health ministry said. Each side claimed that one of its own had been killed, spurring on the battle, although the authorities had not confirmed either death.

Riot police tried to fight off or break up the crowds with tear gas, but by about 9:30 p.m. the security forces had all but withdrawn. They continued to try to separate the two sides across one boulevard but stayed out of the battle that raged on all around.

In a city square on the Islamist side of the battle lines, a loudspeaker on the top of a moving car blared out exhortations that the fight was about more than politics or Mr. Morsi.

“This is not a fight for an individual, this is not a fight for President Morsi,” the speaker declared. “We are fighting for God’s law, against the secularists and liberals.”

Even after two years of periodic battles between protesters and police, Egyptians said they were shocked and alarmed by the spectacle of fellow citizens drawing blood over matters of ideology or political power.

It was the strongest manifestation yet of the distrust and animosity between Islamists and their secular opponents that have cast doubt on the outcome of Egypt’s promised transition to democracy.

It also raised new questions about Mr. Morsi’s attempt to hold a referendum on Dec. 15 to approve a draft constitution approved by his Islamist allies over the objections of his secular opposition and the Coptic Christian church. The clashes followed two weeks of rising tension since Mr. Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, seized temporary powers beyond the review of any court, removing the last check on his authority until ratification of the new constitution.

Mr. Morsi has said he needed the expanded powers to block a conspiracy by the Mubarak loyalists, the judges appointed by the former president and some political opponents to thwart Egypt’s transition to a constitutional democracy. Their goal, Mr. Morsi has said, is to stop the Islamists from winning elections.

His secular critics have accused Mr. Morsi and the Islamists of seeking to establish a new dictatorship, in part by ramming through a rushed constitution that they charge could ultimately give new power over society to Muslim scholars and Islamists groups. And each side’s actions have confirmed the other’s fears.

On Wednesday, the Islamists who struck the first blow, in retaliation for a secular demonstration the previous night. Tens of thousands of secular protesters had marched on the presidential palace Tuesday night, and perhaps 100 had set up tents to begin a sit-in just outside the palace walls. Though mostly peaceful, there were isolated episodes of violence, including the looting of a guard house, and protesters had written graffiti insulting Mr. Morsi on the palace walls.

In response, a new Islamist coalition, including the Muslim Brotherhood and several ultraconservative groups, issued a statement denouncing the protesters’ “disgusting practices,” and accusing them of “violence or sabotage.” The groups warned that “the alert masses of the Egyptian people are capable of defending legitimacy and defending the gains of their glorious revolution.” They called their own demonstration for Wednesday afternoon outside of the palace.

When thousands of Islamists began arriving at the tent camp around 4 p.m., a tense standoff quickly turned into a rout as they chased the secular protesters, tearing down their tents and beating those who resisted, according to witnesses and videos. “They came attacking anyone who opposed them,” said Mohamed Ismail, 28, a coffee shop clerk who was among the protesters. “I got slapped on the face and the back of my head.”

Mohamed Ali, 34, a carpenter and one of the Islamists who uprooted the tents, claimed they had found alcohol, marijuana and treats like apples and other fruit inside. He said they had come to defend democracy and Mr. Morsi’s authority. “He should be supported by anyone who supports democracy,” Mr. Ali said.

A few hours later, large groups of secular protesters began to arrive, and Mr. Ali said they had pelted the Islamists with rocks and empty water bottles. “We acted in self-defense,” Mr. Ali said.

Soon the battle was raging throughout the streets around the palace. Several liberal protesters said that the riot police had sided with the Islamists, or that the Islamists had somehow acquired tear gas and police birdshot. “They have weapons and we have only rocks,” one said, rushing toward the front with an armful.

But other protesters said the police had sought from the start to separate the two sides, and it seemed possible that at least at the start, the police and the Islamists were both aiming in the same direction, away from the palace.

Mai Ayyad contributed reporting.


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The armed forces is on the streets Egypt Tahrir Heliopolis

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The armed forces is on the streets #Egypt #Tahrir #Heliopolis
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Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi supporters firing bird shots at Protesters outside presidential palace today

ميدان روكسي يوم ٥ ديسمبر ٢٠١٢ خلال اعتداء الإخوان على المعتصمين السلميين امام قصر الاتحادية...

Morsi supporters firing bird shots at Protesters outside presidential palace.

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BREAKING: Presidential aides Abdel-Fattah, Sayyad resign to protest Brotherhood domination - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

BREAKING: Presidential aides Abdel-Fattah, Sayyad resign to protest Brotherhood domination - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it

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Two of Egypt president Mohamed Morsi’s aides submit their resignation on Wednesday in the wake of clashes between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Egypt president Mohamed Morsi’s aides Seif Abdel-Fattah and Ayman El-Sayyad have resigned on Wednesday in the wake of the clashes that erupted in front of the presidential palace between supporters and opponents of Morsi.

“We are today announcing the decision that we have made but put on hold for more than a week. We hoped to find a solution, but to no avail,” El-Sayyad said on his Twitter account.

Seif Abdel-Fattah told Al-Jazeera television: “Egypt is bigger than a narrow-minded elite. Egypt will continue its revolution.”

“We can no longer stay silent because they [the Muslim Brotherhood] have harmed the nation and the revolution and we need to rebuild Egypt...the youth are the ones who took to the front lines to serve the revolution...I pray for mercy for the souls of the martyrs.”

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Violence erupts outside Egypt presidential palace

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CAIRO (AP) — Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi pelted each other with rocks and firebombs and fought with sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, as a new round of protests deepened the country’s political crisis.

Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading opposition advocate of reform and democracy, accused the president’s supporters of a ‘‘vicious and deliberate’’ attack against peaceful demonstrators.

‘‘This, in my view, is the end of any legitimacy this regime has,’’ said the Nobel Peace laureate. ‘‘A regime that is not able to protect its people and is siding with his own sect, (and) thugs is a regime that lost its legitimacy and is leading Egypt into violence and bloodshed,’’ he told The Associated Press. ElBaradei planned a news conference later on Wednesday.

The opposition is demanding Morsi rescind decrees giving him near unrestricted powers and shelve a disputed draft constitution that the president’s Islamist allies passed hurriedly last week.

The dueling demonstrations and violence are part of a political crisis that has left the country divided into two camps: Islamists versus an opposition made up of youth groups, liberal parties and large sectors of the public. Both sides have dug in their heels, signaling a protracted standoff.

The latest clashes began when thousands of Islamist supporters of Morsi descended on the area around the palace where some 300 of his opponents were staging a sit-in. The Islamists, members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group, chased the protesters away from their base outside the palace’s main gate and tore down their tents. The protesters scattered in side streets where they chanted anti-Morsi slogans.

After a lull in fighting, hundreds of young Morsi opponents arrived at the scene and immediately began throwing firebombs at the president’s backers, who responded with rocks.

No casualties were immediately reported but witnesses said they saw several protesters with blood streaming down their faces. Several opposition groups said they were calling on their supporters to head to the palace area, a move that portended more violence.

‘‘I voted for Morsi to get rid of Hosni Mubarak. I now regret it,’’ Nadia el-Shafie yelled at the Brotherhood supporters from a side street. ‘‘God is greater than you. Don’t think this power or authority will add anything to you. God made this revolution, not you,’’ said the tearful el-Shafie as she was led away from the crowd of Islamists.

By nightfall, there were about 10,000 Islamists outside the palace. They set up metal barricades to keep traffic off a stretch of road that runs parallel to the palace in Cairo’s upscale Heliopolis district. Some of them appeared to plan staging their own sit-in.

‘‘May God protect Egypt and its president,’’ read a banner hoisted on a truck that came with the Islamists. Atop, a man using a loudspeaker recited verses from the Quran.

‘‘We came to support the president. We feel there is a legitimacy that someone is trying to rob,’’ said engineer Rabi Mohammed, a Brotherhood supporter. ‘‘People are rejecting democratic principles using thuggery.’’

At least 100,000 opposition supporters rallied outside the palace on Tuesday and smaller protests were staged by the opposition elsewhere in Cairo and across much of Egypt. It was the latest of a series of mass protests against the president

Buoyed by the massive turnout on Tuesday, the mostly secular opposition held a series of meetings late Tuesday and Wednesday to decide on next steps in the standoff that began Nov. 22 with Morsi’s decrees that placed him above oversight of any kind. It escalated after the president’s allies hurriedly pushed through a draft constitution.

While calling for more mass rallies is the obvious course of action, activists said opposition leaders also were discussing whether to campaign for a ‘‘no’’ vote in a Dec. 15 constitutional referendum or to call for a boycott.

Brotherhood leaders have been calling on the opposition to enter a dialogue with the Islamist leader. But the opposition contends that a dialogue is pointless unless the president first rescinds his decrees and shelves the draft charter.

Vice President Mahmoud Mekki called for a dialogue between the president and the opposition to reach a ‘‘consensus’’ on the disputed articles of the constitution and put their agreement in a document that would be discussed by the next parliament. But he said the referendum must go ahead and that he was making his ‘‘initiative’’ in a personal capacity not on behalf of Morsi. He put the number of clauses in disputes at 15, out of a total of 234.Continued...

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One of the #CSF conscripts that has refused to attack the protesters in front of the Presidential palace

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Security prevents protesters from approaching presidential palace | Egypt Independent

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Dozens of protesters arrived on Mirghany Street, near the presidential palace, Tuesday afternoon to take part in a protest dubbed "The Final Warning." Protesters were unable to get near the palace itself due to a heavy security presence.


Dozens of protesters arrived on Mirghany Street, near the presidential palace, Tuesday afternoon to take part in a protest dubbed "The Final Warning."

Protesters were unable to get near the palace itself due to a heavy security presence. Security troops and vehicles were deployed and streets close to the palace were blocked by razor wire.

One of the officers securing the palace prevented two ambulances from driving by. The officer told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he was given orders not to allow vehicles to drive by or people to gather around the palace.

Meanwhile, the Freedom and Justice Party’s media adviser, Mourad Ali, preemptively laid responsibility for any violence at the presidential palace during protests on Tuesday on the opposition.


"We welcome protests anywhere, so long as they are peaceful without any form of violence or hindering work of state institutions," he told reporters. "We staged protests last Saturday. Millions took part. No cases of harassment or attacks on anyone or state buildings erupted."

Ali laid responsibility on Constitution Party Chief Mohamed ElBaradei, Popular Current Head Hamdeen Sabbahi, former MP Amr Hamzawy and Wafd Party chief Al-Sayed al-Badawy for violence that could take place during the protests. "Like we shouldered responsibility of protests and succeeded in organizing them, they should bear responsibility of protests they called for as well.”

Political forces had called earlier for protests Tuesday in front of the presidential palace against the constitutional declaration issued by President Mohamed Morsy on 22 November. Two marches will be staged from the Nour and Rabaa al-Adaweya mosques to the presidential palace, while a sit-in in Tahrir Square continues.

Demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Tuesday before marching. The demonstrations were sparked by the political crisis that resulted after the declaration, which protected the Shura Council and Constituent Assembly from being dissolved and made Morsy’s decisions unchallengeable.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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Ahmed Naguib, fourth protester dead, Anti- Morsi protests, Egypt

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Ahmed Naguib, an eighteen year old activist was announced dead on Sunday morning.

An autopsy confirmed that he died as a result of being shot in the head.

Hossam, a friend of Naguib, was at the morgue and said that the initial autopsy reported the cause of death as brain damage as a result of his skull being damaged. Hossam said that after some pressure was applied a second report was released and confirmed that Naguib died as a result of a glass marble shot to the head.

Naguib was shot last week and his brain function declined slowly thereafter. He had been reliant on a respirator.

Waleed Nada, a member of We Care about Human Beings group that were following Naguib’s case said, “during the week his condition declined and there were indications that he was dead but the machines were keeping him alive.”

Naguib’s uncle, Khaled Mohamed Azzab spoke briefly saying, “Ahmed was 18 and had no political affiliation.”

Nada, who said he spoke to Naguib’s brother in the hospital, said “Ahmed was just a regular guy from a regular family.”

Earlier on Sunday there were fears that the post-mortem would be carried out without a lawyer present. Hossam said his lawyer had confirmed that the morgue report was correct. The family sought confirmation from an independent doctor to be sure.

Dr Eida Seif El Dowla from the El Nadeem centre, who is also following the case, explained, “ever since the revolution there is a tradition that every post-mortem that is carried out must have present a lawyer and a doctor that is not affiliated with the government to ensure the report is correct.”

Hossam said that Naguib’s family refused to hold the funeral in Tahrir Square, opting to hold it in the Menufiya governorate, where he was born. Naguib’s mother wanted to hold his funeral in Tahrir square but his brother refused, according to Hossam.

A memorial service was held at Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir Square at 5pm on Sunday.

Naguib is the fourth death in the latest clashes sweeping the country as a result of the latest presidential declaration.

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Anti-Morsy protest bring hundreds of thousands together | Egypt Independent

Anti-Morsy protest bring hundreds of thousands together | Egypt Independent | Revolution News Egypt | Scoop.it
  Although it appeared less crowded than Tuesday’s million-person rally, Friday’s protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere gathered hundreds of thousands.


Protesters demanded the revocation of President Mohamed Morsy's controversial powers and immunity from judicial oversight, which the president bestowed upon himself on 22 November through a constitutional declaration.

Protesters throughout Egypt’s squares also denounced the new draft constitution – which opponents claim has been rushed through by Islamist parties which dominate the Constituent Assembly.

“The people demand the fall of the regime,” and “depart” - slogans used against toppled President Hosni Mubarak last year during the 25 January protests – came back to the streets against the new regime.

The Egyptian Social Democratic Party hung up a large banner in Tahrir reading, “a constitution for Egyptians…Down with the unconstitutional declaration.” The Constitution Party hung up banners around the square reading: “No to the constitutional declaration. No legal immunity for the Constituent Assembly. No to the monopolization of power. No to a new dictatorship. No to the bloodshed of Egyptians.”

Bloodshed has been feared following calls by the Muslim Brotherhood to organize pro-Morsy rallies in the vicinity of Tahrir Square. A planned pro-president rally on Saturday was eventually moved to the Cairo University area in Giza. 

The founder of the Constitution Party, former Chief of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei took to a stage near Tahrir where he addressed a sea of protesters. “This is an uprising for our freedom and dignity, this is an uprising to protect our noble revolution. This uprising is taking place in squares across the country,” he told the crowd.  

ElBaradei spelled out his demands to Morsy and the ruling regime: to revoke the constitutional declaration, embark on a national dialogue with opposition forces, dissolve the current Constituent Assembly and to establish a new and representative one.

“We will utilize all peaceful means to resist the regime’s injustices, and to realize the goals of our revolution: Bread, freedom, social justice, and human dignity” said ElBaradei. In response, protesters chanted: “Bread, freedom, down with the Constituent Assembly.”

Following ElBaradei’s speech, a middle-aged protester took to the stage and shouted, “Just like we deposed Mubarak, we will bring down Morsy’s Constituent Assembly and his declaration; And if he refuses to do so then we will depose Morsy himself.” Responding to his riling speech, the protesters chanted “batil”, the Arabic word for “Illegitimate.”

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Tahrir Sq. Cairo

Lot of ppl in #tahrir this evening to protest vs morsi's declaration & the approved constitution draft.

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