MARTIAL LAW

Morsi Authorizes Army to Help Police

Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

Egyptian army tanks, center, secure the perimeter of the presidential palace while protesters gather, chanting anti president Mohammed Morsi slogans, in Cairo on Dec. 7, 2012.

In light of the continuing protests sparked by opposition to constitutional changes, state news reported on Saturday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will soon authorize the country's Army to help the police keep demonstrators in check. As the demonstrations continued, the military itself released a statement saying that if the crisis does not end soon there will be "disastrous consequences." To avoid such results, Morsi has planned a dialogue for later on Saturday to discuss options. The National Salvation Front, the main opposition against Morsi, will be boycotting the event.