Thousands protest constitutional decree in Tahrir Square, Egypt
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
An estimated over 100,000 people protested in Tahrir Square yesterday in opposition to a constitutional decree made by Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi. dispersed the crowd with as clashes began. One fatality has been reported.
The constitutional decree made November 22 by Morsi protected the constitution drafting body of Egypt from dissolution and also protected executive decisions from being overturned. The decree has sparked protests and strikes reminiscent of protests which eventually toppled the then president Hosni Mubarak.
Earlier this year in September Egyptian courts ruled to dissolve Egypt's parliament. Morsi opposed the ruling, threatening action, but later respected the decision.
Mohamed ElBaradei said Morsi is acting like a "new ". In a comment to , he said, "Not even the pharaohs had so much authority, to say nothing of his predecessor Hosni Mubarak. This is a catastrophe, it [is] a mockery of the revolution that brought him to power."
ElBaradei has also said that because of the recent decree "a civil war threatens to erupt in Egypt."
Morsi has stated the decree is temporary. He met with Egypt's judiciary on Monday.
Counter demonstration planned by theand has been cancelled to avoid possible further violence.
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- Abdel-Rahman Hussein. "Egypt: protesters descend on Tahrir Square" — , November 27, 2012
- Connor Molloy. "ElBaradei warns of civil war risk" — , November 27, 2012
- "Morsi declares expanded powers, bans breakup of assembly penning constitution" — , November 23, 2012