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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:16 PM

Egypt mass protests challenge Islamist president

Source: AP-Excite

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and SARAH EL DEEB

CAIRO (AP) - The same chants used against Hosni Mubarak were turned against his successor Tuesday as more than 200,000 people packed Egypt's Tahrir Square in the biggest challenge yet to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The massive, flag-waving throng protesting Morsi's assertion of near-absolute powers rivaled some of the largest crowds that helped drive Mubarak from office last year.

"The people want to bring down the regime!" and "erhal, erhal" - Arabic for "leave, leave" - rang out across the plaza, this time directed at Egypt's first freely elected president.

The protests were sparked by edicts Morsi issued last week that effectively neutralize the judiciary, the last branch of government he does not control. But they turned into a broader outpouring of anger against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which opponents say have used election victories to monopolize power, squeeze out rivals and dictate a new, Islamist constitution, while doing little to solve Egypt's mounting economic and security woes.

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Egyptian protesters attend an opposition rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. More than 100,000 people flocked to Cairo's central Tahrir square on Tuesday, chanting against Egypt's Islamist president in a powerful show of strength by the opposition demanding Mohammed Morsi revoke edicts granting himself near autocratic powers.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:34 PM

1. Erhal is right.

 

Leave, Morsi, leave. We do not need another Islamic republic in Egypt. It needs to remain secular so other religion (especially the Coptics) can freely practice.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:48 PM

2. Awe-inspiring

It's awe-inspiring and uplifting to see hundreds of thousands of citizens march and fight against oppression and tyranny.

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