Opposition to demonstrate on Friday. Seven dead in clashes

06 December, 21:04

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO - The Opposition national front called on  Egyptians to demonstrate on Friday against Morsi's presidentianl decree and December 15 referendum on the Constitutional draft.

An Thursday evening, three anti-Morsi marches from three different neighborhoods converged  on Thursday on the presidential palace, where the Presidential Guard imposed a ban on demonstrations as of 3pm local time (2pm in Italy).

The area around the presidential palace was actually cleared as of 3pm local time Thursday (2pm in Italy) following warnings from the presidential guard. Pro-Morsi demonstrators have left the area, but hundreds of protesters, many of them anti-Morsi, massed at barbed wire barriers set up by the army. On social media, activists appealed to people to return to the palace in spite of the ban on demonstrations there.

t least three tanks and troop carrier trucks were deployed on Thursday morning in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, after clashes in the area between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi left five dead.

Also in Cairo on Thursday, a summit was held between President Mohamed Morsi, Premier Hisham Qandil, and the ministers of defense, who is also commander in chief, of the interior, of justice, and of information, as well as the intelligence chief and the leader of the Republican Guard, according to a presidential communique.

The scientific research academy at Al Azhar, which is the main Sunni theological center in Egypt, has called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to immediately suspend his decree and start a national dialogue.

Coptic Christian Professor Rafik Habib said on his official Facebook page Thursday that he has resigned from his role as adviser to President Mohamed Morsi and as vice president of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. All of Morsìs 17 aides have resigned following yesterday's bloody clashes, during which seven people died. (ANSAmed)






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