Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Egyptian President Flees Palace

Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace As Police Battle Protesters -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said.

Officers fired teargas at up to 10,000 demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall.

The crowds had gathered nearby in what organizers had dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the demonstrators chanted.

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More News On Today's Unrest In Egypt

Egypt: mass protest at presidential palace in Cairo – live updates
-- The Guardian
Egyptian President Morsi flees presidential palace as protests turn violent -- FOX News/AP
Tens of thousands protest outside Egypt’s presidential palace, police fire tear gas -- Washington Post/AP
Egyptians Protesting Draft Constitution Are Met With Tear Gas -- New York Times
Anti-Morsi Protests Continue in Egypt -- Voice of America
Egyptians Surge Against President's Palace -- Wall Street Journal
Egyptian security forces clash with anti-Mohamed Morsi protesters -- The Guardian
Clashes outside Egypt's presidential palace -- Al Jazeera
Clashes outside Egypt presidential palace in Cairo -- BBC
Egyptian police fire tear gas during rally against President Morsi
-- L.A. Times
New battles in Egypt after Morsi's decree -- USA Today
Will Egypt’s Liberals Ever Win? -- Tarek Masoud and Wael Nawara, Slate
In Egypt, why voters won't take 'no' as the answer -- Ian Bremmer, Foreign Policy

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