The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Clashes between police and youth in Cairo as Morsi faces nationwide protests


CAIRO (AFP) - Clashes between police and protesting youths erupted on Tuesday near Cairo's Tahrir Square, ahead of a mass rally against a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself broad powers.

The planned demonstrations come a day after Mr Morsi stuck by his controversial decree in a meeting with judges that was aimed at defusing the worst political crisis since his election in June.

On the edge of the square near the United States embassy in Cairo, teenagers threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas, an AFP reporter said.

In Tahrir itself, protesters took to the podium, urging an end to the confrontation between the teenagers and the police, which threatened to spill into the square.