Egypt: Protests outside Cairo's presidential palace turn violent

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Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on December 5, 2012. Three of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's advisers have resigned, state media said, as clashes raged outside the presidential palace over his expanded powers and a disputed draft constitution.

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Mahmoud Khaled

The Egyptian army deployed tanks and began clearing demonstrators and media from outside the presidential palace on Thursday, after overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi turned violent.

According to BBC News, yesterday's clashes left five dead and 644 injured. Opposition activists have called for more protests outside the palace on Thursday and neither side seems likely to back down, CBS News reported.

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    Egyptian army soldiers set up barbed wire barricades outside of the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on December 6, 2012, after a night of clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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    Gianluigi Guercia

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    Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clash with anti-Morsi demonstrators on the road leading to the Egyptian presidential palace on December 5, 2012, in Cairo, Egypt.

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    Gianluigi Guercia

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    Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on December 5, 2012. Three of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's advisers have resigned, state media said, as clashes raged outside the presidential palace over his expanded powers and a disputed draft constitution.

    Credit:

    Mahmoud Khaled

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    Islamist supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi chased opposition protesters away from the presidential palace, as the vice president said a vote on a controversial charter would go ahead as planned.

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    Gianluigi Guercia

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    Protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with anti-Morsi demonstrators on the road leading to the Egyptian presidential palace on December 5, 2012 in Cairo. Supporters and opponents of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi lobbed firebombs and rocks at each other as their standoff over his expanded powers and an Islamist-drafted constitution turned violent.

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    Gianluigi Guercia

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    An Egyptian shouts and claps as thousands of demonstrators march to the Egyptian Presidential palace to protest against the new constitution and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi decree on December 4, 2012 in Cairo.

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    Mahmoud Khaled

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    Demonstrators walk passed downed barriers placed outside the Egyptian Presidential Palace's main gate as security members throw tear gas during a demonstration on December 4, 2012 in Cairo.

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    Mahmoud Khaled