Clashes After Huge Anti-Morsi Demonstration

7:08 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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(Cairo, Egypt)  --  Clashes continued in the streets surrounding Tahrir as the night fell on Tuesday's (November 27) demonstrations.

Protesters continued to throw stones at riot police in response to teargas fired to disperse protesters in the area of the U.S. embassy near Tahrir.

Burning tires were used by the protesters to light up the dark streets surrounding Tahrir where clashes continued late into the night.

Tens of thousands Egyptians protested on Tuesday against the President Mohamed Morsi in one of the biggest rallies since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow, accusing the Islamist leader of seeking to impose a new era of autocracy.

Protesters also turned out in Alexandria, Suez, Minya and other Nile Delta cities.

Tuesday's protest called by leftists, liberals and other groups deepened the worst crisis since the Muslim Brotherhood politician was elected in June, and exposed the deep divide between the newly empowered Islamists and their opponents.

A 52-year-old protester died after inhaling teargas in Cairo, the second death since Morsi last week issued a decree that expanded his powers and barred court challenges to his decisions.

Morsi's administration has defended the decree as an effort to speed up reforms and complete a democratic transformation.

But opponents say Morsi is behaving like a modern-day pharaoh, a jibe leveled at Mubarak. The United States, a benefactor to Egypt's military, has expressed concern about more turbulence in a country that has a peace treaty with Israel.

The fractious ranks of Egypt's non-Islamist opposition have been united on the street by crisis, although they have yet to build an electoral machine to challenge well-organized Islamists, who have beaten their more secular-minded rivals at the ballot box in two elections held since Mubarak was ousted.

 

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