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Protests Spread Through Egypt's Cities
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have continued their protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square overnight over fears of a new dictatorship.
Activists are angered by the President's decision to grant himself near-absolute power, but Mr Morsi says the powers will allow him to deal with "threats to the revolution".
Hundreds of people have joined the sit-in protest in Tahrir Square, the scene of the violent clashes during the overthrow of the former president, Hosni Mubarak.
It comes after violent clashes broke out in cities across Egypt.
In Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, protesters stormed the headquarters of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party throwing chairs and books into the street and setting them on fire.
The Daily News Egypt reported injuries in cities across the country as violent clashes broke out between protesters and Mr Morsi's supporters, who according to reports on Twitter, were being bussed in to counter the dissenters.
Hundreds gathered outside the Muslim Brotherhood's offices in Port Said, pelting it with stones and attempting to storm the building.
There were reports the Muslim Brotherhood's offices in Suez and Ismailiya had also been set on fire.
Mr Morsi addressed his supporters at a rally outside the presidential palace telling them he would press forward and that he was on the path to "freedom and democracy".
He said: "No one can stop our march forward ... I am performing my duty to please God and the nation and I take decisions after I consult with everyone."
He said that the new powers were designed to stop "weevils" from the former Mubarak regime blocking progress.
Under the new powers assumed by Mr Morsi, none of his laws or decrees can be cancelled, powers have been removed from the judiciary and he can take any measures necessary to safeguard national security.
The move has come as a blow to the pro-democracy movement that formed before Mubarak was ousted and they raise questions about the gains made in last year's uprising.
Opposition forces have denounced the declaration as a "coup".
They accused Mr Morsi, an Islamist, of "monopolising all three branches of government" and of overseeing "the total execution of the independence of the judiciary".
The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, said that Mr Morsi's move raised serious issues.
Her spokesman, Robert Colville, told a news briefing at the UN in Geneva: "We are very concerned about the possible huge ramifications of this declaration on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt."
The EU has also issued a warning. "It is of utmost importance that democratic process be completed in accordance with the commitments undertaken by the Egyptian leadership," a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said in a statement.
Nobel laureate and former UN atomic energy agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei had earlier lashed out at the declaration, which would effectively put the president above judicial oversight.
"Morsi usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences," Mr ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account.
The head of the influential Judge's Club, Ahmed al Zind, told a news conference that the judges would hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to decide on their next step, promising "actions, not words".
what do you think?
Another revolution highjacked by a corrupt dictator posing as the peoples saviour. No head of state should be above the law.
So this is what the anti Mubarak movement and freedom fighters fought for another despot in the making Well he has been democratically elected and that will be the last free election for many years or at least until another revolution. How long before he tears up the treaty wih Israel which was instigated by president Sadat many years ago. He may have mediated in this weeks cease fire but that I feel was only to save his brother Islamists from total destruction.Egypt in spite of having little wealth has always been seen as a premier nation of the middle east now that it is going over to totalarism Morsi will not be slow in realising his dream of an Islamist nation one that all the liberalists and free thinkers have unwittingly fought for
ban religion and fascism from going anywhere near politics
My thoughts as well it's what will happen in other countries as well. It's what he Islamics want and the west is helping.Put the idea in the peooles mind let them do the job and then step in
Well what a surprise
Was always going to happen.
this guy should never have got in power. going to take them back centuries, same as the mullahs in iran.
Heres me thinking you would back them
You have changed your mind since isrel hamas stories lol
brother hussein far from it i have not changed my opinion on nothing my country iran was run beautifully until the west helped the mullahs get into power back in 1979. my king wanted to take control of his own oil (OPEC), not something the west like very much. the creation of these fanatics have been bought about with the help of your christian brothers.
God/allah have a lot to answer for.kuwait and oman are the onley places i have spent aney time in
Cynica bigotry as ever spouted by the unreasonable. Illogical way of thinking mark
In other words, a Dictator.............
Sounds like another step down the road to dictatorship. Looks like the arab spring we hear so much about is turning distinctly autumnal.
so much for fighting for freedom and democracy they've just another power mad dictator
remember a muddle east is much more beneficial economically to the west then a middle east. if you want a country to be messed up put a fascist or a religious man at the helm.
Did not take him long to show his colours, another American /European puppet.
The revolution was never properly completed because there was no true oppositional party. The trade unions, workers and rural workers hould form such a party and issue a democratic manifesto. The revolution needs to take control once again. The Muslim Brotherhood was against the Arab Spring, they merely latched onto it once they saw it was going places. Initially, they called on the mass protests to disperse and go home. They are clearly trying to establish a clerical dictatorship. Now the Egyptian working class must, once more,nd up and be counted. This dictator will stop at nothing to hang onto power - he'll use police and soldiers against his own people and even rattle his sabre against Israel to distract attention. Rise up again, Egyptians.
The army is pro westian and trained. funded by us
Beware the muslim brotherhood. Wolf in sheeps clothing.
That was obvious from the start
Thoughout history it has been shown, People don't change only technology. All nations revert to type.