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Police and protesters clash in Cairo

  • Police and protesters continued to clash in Cairo on Monday despite the government's efforts to qualm tension raised by a decree expanding President Mohammed Morsi's powers.

    Security forces built walls of concrete blocks across major roads in a bid to separate police and protesters amidst an exchange of rocks and tear gas.

    Protesters in Tahrir Square, seen as the birthplace of the country’s revolution, complained that the police force was no different from the one notorious for brutality and abuse under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

    Around 500 people have been injured in the past three days of protests, according to local media reports.

    The Morsi administration issued a statement, saying that the decree was only temporary and was not meant to concentrate his powers.

    Last week, Morsi issued a decree stating that no authority could revoke presidential decisions and that no court can dissolve the constituent assembly, which is writing up a new constitution.

    The constitution is vital to Egypt's transition to democracy. New parliamentary elections cannot be held until the document is completed and passed by a popular referendum.