Protesters clash with cops outside presidential palace; Mursi leaves seeking trouble
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 23:21
  
Cairo: Protests intensifies in Egypt as anti-Mursi gave final warning to their President.

It is believed that many protesters even breached police barricades which were there to guard Mursi’s residence and there was a clash between the cops and the demonstrators.

Seeking trouble Mursi made a decision to safely leave his palace and move somewhere else till things get better.

A plethora of protesters gathered outside the presidential palace forcing cops to use tear gas to deter the angry mob.

Tens of thousands of angry protesters took to the streets and squares in the Egyptian capital and other cities Tuesday even as major newspapers enforced a news blackout to protest against the hastily-crafted draft constitution which will go for referendum on December 15.

The march comes amid rising anger over the draft charter and decrees issued by Mohammed Mursi giving himself sweeping powers and immunise the Shura council from dissolution. The protesters dubbed the marches "the Final Warning".

The protesters, who gathered close to Ittihadiya Palace, could not reach the palace after security cordoned off all streets leading up there with barbed wire.

The protesters chanted, "We want bread, freedom and the to bring down Constituent Assembly" and "Down with the rule of the [Muslim Brotherhood] Supreme Guide."

Eleven privately-owned newspapers stopped publication today in protest against the limits on freedom of expression in Egypt's draft constitution.

The one day blackout was the sharpest strike yet in a new push by liberal and secular groups to defeat the draft charter, which was approved on Friday by an Islamist-dominated assembly despite the boycotts and objections of almost all non-Islamist delegates.

The decree draft that one purpose of the news media is to uphold public morality and the "true nature of the Egyptian family," and it requires authorization to operate a television station or a Web site.

It is Egypt's worst political crisis since the ouster nearly two years ago of authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak.

Hundreds of journalists gathered outside the Egyptian Press Syndicate in downtown Cairo this afternoon, waiting outside the syndicate for half an hour before marching to Tahrir Square to declare their objection to the controversial constitutional declaration.

Meanwhile, Mursi met today with Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, Vice President Mahmoud Mekky, Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky to mull arrangements for the public referendum on constitution, slated for 15 December.

Presidential Spokesperson Yasser Ali said the meeting "comes within the president's intention that the referendum process goes smoothly inside and outside Egypt, so citizens can cast their ballots freely."

Meanwhile, the Freedom and Justice Party's media adviser Mourad 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 organising them, they should bear responsibility of protests they called for as well."

So far the protests have been peaceful despite a warning by the Interior Ministry "infiltrators" may try to penetrate the protests.

A security source had said in the statement that the police would protect state institutions and public and private property in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the law.

The source pledged that security forces would not approach the demonstrators as long as they protest peacefully.

The Jama'a al-Islamiya and its Construction and Development Party have warned the political forces calling for the "Last Warning" demonstration of using the event to spread chaos and "thuggery".

In a statement on Monday, the party alleged that, ?Someone is trying to exploit these demonstrations to spread chaos, assault government institutions and clash with the Republican Guard in an attempt to overthrow President Mohamed Mursi and reinstate the former regime.

The statement called on "citizens who support legitimacy" to form popular committees to support the police in protecting public and private property. They also called on the Coptic Church to keep the demonstration peaceful, as Coptic groups have announced their participation.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 22:36


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