Protests across Egypt as pressure piles on Morsi
CAIRO (AFP) - Tens of thousands packed Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest a power grab by Mohamed Morsi, piling pressure on Egypt's Islamist president as he faces his most divisive crisis since taking power in June.
The huge turnout in the iconic square in the heart of Cairo, as well as in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and most of Egypt's 27 provinces, marked the largest mobilisation yet against the president.
Elsewhere in the country, protesters enraged by Dr Morsi's decision to grant himself sweeping powers attacked three regional headquarters belonging to the president's Muslim Brotherhood movement, a security official said.
In Tahrir, protesters who had voted for Dr Morsi in the election joined forces with die-hard opponents of the Islamist. "I'm here to protest Morsi's autocratic decisions," said Mr Mohammed Rashwan, an engineering graduate who voted for Dr Morsi in the country's first presidential election since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak last year.