Tanks Roll In as Clashes Rock Cairo
5 deaths, 600 injuries reported
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2012 4:22 AM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2012 7:49 AM CST
A supporter of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, pictured at right, chants slogans during a demonstration outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Violent protests in Cairo have reached a pitch not seen since the days of Egypt's recent revolution, the Wall Street Journal reports: Tens of thousands of demonstrators battled on the streets yesterday, with the AP reporting five dead and more than 600 injured as some threw rocks and Molotov cocktails. The Egyptian army deployed tanks outside the presidential palace today, as Mohamed Morsi conducted business as usual inside. The AP notes that all appeared calm this morning, with thousands of Morsi supporters camping outside the palace after driving away opposition activists.

The fighting had centered around the palace, where police established a barrier between the groups. Supporters of Morsi stormed an encampment of 200 protesters, ripping down their tents, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The problem is that these people could say no" in an upcoming constitutional referendum, "but they don't want a referendum," said one Morsi backer. "They don't want a democracy." Meanwhile, three of Morsi's non-Brotherhood aides have quit: "Egypt is bigger than a narrow-minded elite," said Seif Abdel Fattah. "We can no longer stay silent because (the Brotherhood has) harmed the nation and the revolution."

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Dec 6, 2012 12:55 PM CST
Look at our own history to try and figure out how hard it is. We got independence in 1776. Then it took some time to write the Articles of Confederation. We stay a confederation for about 8 years, until people got tired of it. Then it took 4 months to write the Constitution that we adopted. Not everybody was for either document, but most were against a dictatorship. We were at peace for the most part and still it took us almost ten years. A little patience might be called for with the efforts in Egypt.
Dec 6, 2012 6:27 AM CST
The Egyptian people have shown their complete willingness to take to the streets to reject what they consider inappropriate moves on the part of their government. They have faced gas and thugs and they are apparently not going to lay down and accept something they dislike. They were under the suppressive reign of a dicatorship and now that the lid is off they are working out what their government WILL look like. That may involve a lot of "No!" as they reject what they're sure they DON'T want it to look like, and there'll be a lot of contention from a lot of sides about which is which. It's gonna be messy and confusing, and we may not like, or agree with, the outcome.
Dec 6, 2012 6:19 AM CST
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