Morsi Returns to Palace as More Protests Loom

Muslim Brotherhood, opposition call for competing protests at palace today

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 5, 2012 6:28 AM CST | Updated Dec 5, 2012 7:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi returned to the presidential palace today after fleeing yesterday when it was thronged by protesters, Reuters reports. Though 200 demonstrators camped out overnight, traffic was back to normal today and riot police had left the area. In yesterday's clashes, 35 protesters and 40 police officers were hurt. And things are looking to heat up again soon: The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a protest at the palace today against the "oppressive abuses" of the opposition, and the opposition in response called for leftist demonstrators to head back to the palace, leading to fears of violent clashes.

Opposition protesters want Morsi to retract his expanded powers and stop a Dec. 15 vote on the new constitution hastily drafted by Islamists. Though they called yesterday's protest a "last warning" to the president, Reuters notes that they have little real chance of stopping the vote, which Morsi is confident will approve the constitution.

Egyptian protesters chant anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
Egyptian protesters chant anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace.
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
Protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the main gate of the presidential palace, background, in Cairo.
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the main gate of the presidential palace, background, in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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