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Deadly Clashes Outside Presidential Palace in Egypt

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 5, 2012 Last Updated: December 7, 2012
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Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi arrive outside the Egyptian presidential palace on Dec. 5, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)

Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi arrive outside the Egyptian presidential palace on Dec. 5, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)

At least two people died in clashes between supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and opposition demonstrators outside the presidential palace Wednesday.

Pro-Morsi supporters clubbed and threw stones at opposition protesters camped in front of the palace. Al-Jazeera also said there were reports of supporters throwing Molotov cocktails. 

Two weeks ago, Morsi issued a constitutional decree that gave him more power over the judiciary and prevented the two houses of Parliament from being dissolved by the courts.

“There must be consensus,” stressed Vice President Mahmoud Mekki. “There is real political will to pass the current period and respond to the demands of the public.”

He asked for opposition protesters to put an end to the demonstrations outside the palace. On Tuesday, Morsi reportedly was forced to flee the palace.

To many participants, it appears that the unrest will continue for some time. Mostafa El-Naggar, a member of the opposition liberal El-Adl Party said, “To the president, the presidency and presidential aides, after your shameful performance we do not trust you and we do not trust your management of the country,” according to the state-run Al-Ahram daily.

“We carried our coffins facing the old regime and its oppression and we fear nothing but God, and we will not succumb,” he added.

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