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Egypt: Protests continue against Morsi

Posted on Nov 28, 02:58PM | IBNS

Egypt witnessed a massive demonstration on Tuesday as tens of thousands of people protested against President Mohammed Morsi after he decided to give himself near-absolute powers, reports said on Wednesday.

Large number of people demonstrated against the President in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 revolution.

Demonstrators were seen waving Egypt's red-white-and-black flag and shouting slogans against Morsi.

"The people demand the downfall of the regime," the protesters shouted.

According to reports, the police fired tear gas at people, who were pelting stones, in streets near Tahrir Square.

"Mursi (or Morsi) has said the decree will be limited in scope, but has refused continuing demands to overturn it," BBC reported.

Meanwhile, clashes took place in several cities and Morsi's opponents attacked the offices of his Muslim Brotherhood.

According to reports, at least 100 people were injured as demonstrators and Brotherhood members pelted stones and firebombs in Mahalla el-Kobra city, reports said.

Morsi earlier assured the move and said his supporters that the country was on a path of "freedom and democracy".

"I don't like, want or need to resort to exceptional measures, but I will if I see that my people, nation and the revolution of Egypt are in danger," Morsi, said, adding that the powers were necessary to root out "weevils eating away at the nation".

In the largest rally on Friday, thousands of chanting protesters packed Tahrir Square demanding Morsi quit and accusing him of launching a "coup", Al Jazeera reported.

Critics said the near-absolute powers that Morsi decided to give himself were even more sweeping than ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.