‘New Pharaoh’

Anti-Morsi Protests Hit Cairo

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Protesters rallied in Cairo on Friday against President Mohamed Morsi’s recent expansion of powers, with rioters torching the office of the Muslim Brotherhood and police eventually firing tear gas into the crowd to quell the protests. Morsi decreed on Thursday that his decisions are now above judicial review and blocked legal challenges to the assembly that is writing the new Constitution, although he insisted in a speech on Friday that he would never use his powers for causes against the revolution. In response, crowds have gathered in Tahrir Square—the heart of the 2011 revolution—and called for a "coup," chanting “the people want the regime down” and “no to a new dictator.”