Protesters Converge on Egypt Palace
Huge protest comes after opposition rejects talks
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 5:15 PM CST
Egyptian army tanks try to secure the perimeter of the presidential palace Friday.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Thousands of protesters in Egypt have made clear they don't think President Mohamed Morsi made much of a concession in yesterday's televised address. Throngs converged on the presidential palace in Cairo today, despite the presence of tanks and Republican Guard troops, reports Reuters. They chanted slogans such as "Leave! Leave!"—reminiscent of chants against the ousted Hosni Mubarak—but made no attempt to enter the palace itself.

The huge demonstration came after opposition leaders rejected Morsi's invitation to talks tomorrow. The Morsi government did take one step today that might signal a willingness to budge, reports AP. Election officials postponed the start of early voting (for those living abroad) on the controversial draft constitution from tomorrow until Wednesday. However, "it was not immediately clear if the postponement was a concession or how that would affect the overall referendum timeline," notes AP. As of now, the main vote is still set for Dec. 15, but opponents want Morsi to delay it.

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fred.lapides
Dec 8, 2012 7:46 AM CST
dear right2davze your comment idiotic. get lover it. Obama won. twice now...
backpath2
Dec 8, 2012 7:35 AM CST
History teaches us an unfortunate truth: Those who hold power, or lust after it, are generally unfit to the task. The ambition to rule is an automatic disqualifier for the job. Poor Egypt, once again in the hands of a ruthless, ambitious ideologue. When it comes to government, whether ours or someone else's, the less we have of it, the better off we are.
bikpet
Dec 8, 2012 7:30 AM CST
Morsi won't get the idea till he getsthe rope around his neck though. It's amazing, I mean if you did not know Morsi was the guy in this story you would swear a few months ago this wasabout Mubarak. OK so get wise corrupt puppets that are just fronts for the USA/Israel, The People Of Egypt are not going to get fooled by you anymore, get out,or they will take you out