Anti-Morsi Protests Rage in Tahrir Square
And judges say dispute over power grab has not been resolved
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012 7:23 AM CST
Egyptian security forces arrest a protester during clashes near Tahrir square in Cairo on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – Despite reports yesterday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had agreed to limit the scope of his recent power grab, protesters are rallying in Tahrir Square for a fifth day, and Egyptian judges say no deal with Morsi has yet been reached. Morsi's spokesperson yesterday said the president's new legal immunity would be limited only to "sovereign" issues—which is what the judicial organizations wanted—but judges say the dispute between the judicial and executive branches continues, Egypt Independent reports. One political analyst says Morsi's move was intended to look good to the public, "but, in reality, his declaration has not changed," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Meanwhile, hundreds of opponents of Morsi thronged in Tahrir Square today, and their numbers were expected to increase by the afternoon, Reuters reports. Police fired tear gas into the crowd and demonstrators occasionally clashed with them in the streets; hundreds have been injured so far, and one Muslim Brotherhood activist killed. Experts say that even if Morsi's immunity is limited to sovereign matters, there is room for a broad interpretation of that; Human Rights Watch said his initial power grab gave him more control than the military junta that ruled before him.

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HANKHILL
Nov 27, 2012 10:09 AM CST
hell i told you so. the muzzibrohood are stone cold killers! the only thing they hate more than the infidel are other arabs that are not part of brohood! mubarak had them stamped out pretty well. they the muzzibrohood are the group that killed sadat! they will kill anyone who gets in their way!
Imhotep
Nov 27, 2012 8:26 AM CST
Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss.
njgreen
Nov 27, 2012 8:05 AM CST
So, all the sophisticated middle-class kids with Twitter and Facebook accounts finally realized they screwed themselves by overthrowing Mubarak and handing the country over to fundamentalists? Maybe Morsi will bus in poor thugs from the countryside to beat them down, like the Ayatollahs do in Iran.