Clashes over President Morsi Claim 6 Lives in Egypt

World | December 6, 2012, Thursday // 09:40| Views: | Comments: 0
  • Send to Kindle
Bulgaria: Clashes over President Morsi Claim 6 Lives in Egypt Egyptian supporters of Muslim brotherhood throw stones towards Egyptian Opposition protesters during clashes with them near the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, 05 December 2012. EPA/BGNES

Six people have been killed and over 300 injured in clashes between supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and opposition protesters in the capital Cairo, Egypt’s health authorities said on Thursday.

Morsi’s supporters and protesters clashed on Wednesday for the second consecutive day outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt's national television reported, as cited by RIA Novosti.

The clashes began when Morsi supporters descended on the area around the palace where some 300 opposition activists earlier set up a tent camp.

The protesters were forced to retreat from the square outside the palace to side streets. Morsi is expected to address the nation shortly, his chief of staff announced on Thursday.

Opposition groups are rallying against Morsi’s recent constitutional declaration, vesting the president with extrajudicial powers.

They are also protesting his decision to hold a nationwide referendum on the country’s new constitution on December 15, which they describe as too hasty.

Egyptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekki said on Wednesday the referendum would be held on the appointed date despite protests, adding that anyone who had questions or suggestions about certain articles in the proposed constitution was welcome to discuss them with the president's staff.

On Tuesday, about 20 protesters and eight police officers were injured when police briefly clashed with opposition protesters who tried to break through barbed wire cordons around the presidential palace.

Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds while President Morsi was forced to leave the palace over security concerns.

World » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Mahmoud Mekki, Amr Moussa, Cairo, tanks, Mohamed El Baradei, Mohamed ElBaradei, arab spring, Islamists, Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood, Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, Egypt, National Rescue Front
Advertisement All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Please, log in to post a comment.
» To the forumComments (0)
Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria