CAIRO (AP) — Crowds have been increasing in size in Egypt's capital and in the coastal city of Alexandria, as foes of the country's Islamist president make themselves heard.
At least 100,000 people gathered today outside the presidential palace in Cairo. They're angered by President Mohammed Morsi's decision to grant himself nearly unrestricted powers, and also by the draft constitution that was adopted by his allies.
The protest turned violent as police fired tear gas to keep demonstrators from approaching the palace.
Morsi was inside as protesters gathered -- but a presidential official says Morsi left for home through a back door when the crowds grew.
Police eventually allowed the crowds to surge to the walls of the palace complex. But there were no attempts to storm the palace, which is guarded inside by the army's Republican Guard.
162-r-23-(Sound of President Mohammed Morsi supporters chanting, at demonstration outside Cairo's Supreme Constitutional Court)--Distant sound of Morsi supporters at a demonstration outside Cairo's Supreme Constitutional Court, chanting in Arabic, "May God give Morsi victory." (4 Dec 2012)
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160-r-09-(Sound of journalists chanting against the Egyptian president's proposals, at rally in front of Cairo's Syndicate of Journalists building)--Sound of journalists in Egypt chanting in protest against President Mohammed Morsi's proposed draft charter and decrees, at a rally in front of Cairo's Syndicate of Journalists building. (4 Dec 2012)
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APPHOTO AMA121: Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square as protesters gather in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. A protest by tens of thousands of Egyptians outside the presidential palace in Cairo turned violent on Tuesday as tensions grew over Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's seizure of nearly unrestricted powers Thousands of protesters also gathered in Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square, miles away from the palace, to join several hundred who have been camping out there for nearly two weeks. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) (4 Dec 2012)
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APPHOTO NN113: An Egyptian protester holds placard in Arabic that reads, "yes for the rights of martyrs," during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. A protest by tens of thousands of Egyptians outside the presidential palace in Cairo turned violent on Tuesday as tensions grew over Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's seizure of nearly unrestricted powers and a draft constitution hurriedly adopted by his allies. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (4 Dec 2012)
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