Protests rage in Egypt

November 24, 2012 - 2:41:00 am

Protesters chant slogans against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during a demonstration at Tahrir square in Cairo yesterday.


CAIRO: Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi’s decision to assume sweeping powers caused fury among his opponents and prompted violent clashes in central Cairo and other cities yesterday. Police fired tear gas near Cairo’s Tahrir Square where thousands demanded Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. Opponents accused Mursi, who has issued a decree that puts his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament is elected, of being the new Mubarak and hijacking the revolution. “The people want to bring down the regime,” shouted protesters in Tahrir, echoing a chant used in the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down. “Get out, Mursi,” they chanted. Mursi’s aides said the presidential decree was intended to speed up a protracted transition. “I am for all Egyptians. I will not be biased against any son of Egypt,” Mursi said on a stage outside the presidential palace.