4 December 2012

Egypt: Thousands March to Presidential Palace Against Charter

Photo: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua
An Egyptian soldier sets up a wire fence in front of the presidential palace.

Thousands of protesters marched on Tuesday evening from Abassiya to Egypt's presidential palace in protest against a decree issued by President Mohamed Mursi and a draft constitution written by an Islamist-dominated assembly.

The "National Salvation Front" had called for protesters to rally by Noor Mosque in Abassiya at 4 p.m. and begin marching an hour later.

The protesters were seen chanting "Down with the regime" and slogans against the presidential decree and draft charter.

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi issued a constitutional decree on November 22 expanding his powers while an Islamist-dominated assembly finished drafting a new charter on Friday allowing it to be put to a referendum on December 15.

Copyright © 2012 Aswat Masriya. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.