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. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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