The Egyptian opposition has declared independence of the northern province of Alexandria from the "Islamic regime.” According to local media, hundreds of opponents of President Mohammed Morsi attacked the local administration building and declared their sovereignty.
Almost immediately several vehicles with armed men appeared on the scene. According to incoming information, the so-called Islamic militia attacked the opposition, driving it out of the governor’s building.
Later, clashes spread to nearby streets, gradually developing into skirmishes. Shots can be heard in the vicinity of the fighting. Presently, large crowds of protesters opposing the regime are heading there.
Previously, the town of El-Mahalla el-Kubra and Mansoura north of Cairo were declared "free from the Islamists.”
The series of announced "sovereignties" began with El-Mahalla El-Kubra – a town of 450 thousand, located 100 kilometers north of Cairo. It is considered the cradle of the Egyptian revolution. In 2009 it witnessed the rise of the first oppositional “April 6 Movement," and the first major anti-government protests.
Currently, clashes between supporters and opponents of the president are continuing in many Egyptian cities, including Ismailia, Suez, Port Said. Thousands of people took to the streets of Luxor, to support the opposition.
Egypt: El-Mahalla el-Kubra declares independence
Revolutionary committees and youth movements have declared independence in the Egyptian town of El-Mahalla el-Kubra. A five thousand-strong crowd seized the town administration, and unfolded a banner of the united Egyptian opposition - the National Salvation Front.
El-Mahalla el-Kubra, a town of 450 thousand, north of Cairo, is dubbed the cradle of the Egyptian revolution.
It was here in 2009, that the opposition April 6 movement was conceived, and the first major anti-government protests took place.
In a statement posted on social networks, the revolutionary committees declared independence of El-Mahalla el-Kubra from Gharbia province to which it is assigned, as well as from the rest of Egypt, "in protest against Mohammed Morsi’s constitutional declaration decisions.”
The separatists have announced intention to form their own presidential council.
Egypt’s President ready to delay constitutional referendum
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is ready to delay the constitutional referendum slated for December 15th, under certain conditions. This was stated by the Vice-President of Egypt Mahmud Mekki in an interview with Egyptian satellite channel Al-Hayat.
According to Mekki, the president may postpone the voting, on the condition that his decision is granted immunity from lawsuits.
He explained that in line with the Constitutional Declaration adopted by the president, the draft of the Constitution should be put to a referendum no later than 15 days after being signed by the head of state. According to the Vice President, Morsi wants guarantees that the opposition, which is seeking the delay, will not subsequently challenge the president’s decision, and accuse him of violating the declaration.
Earlier, Egypt’s Central Election Commission already postponed voting on the constitutional draft abroad from December 8-11 to Wednesday, December 12th.
Over 20 injured in riots at house of Egyptian President
Twenty-five people were injured when opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi attempted to break through to his family’s house in the town of Al-Zagazig, Al-Sharqiya province. Renewed clashes with police in front of the house involve some three thousand opponents of Morsi, hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at the police. Security forces, in turn, actively resort to tear gas.
It is reported that hundreds of members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have arrived to offer the police support.
Clashes between those dissatisfied with the President’s policy and his supporters are raging all across the country.
In Cairo, opponents of the Egyptian President have broken through barricades at the President's residence in a bid to reach the palace gates.
Egyptian protesters break through barricade at presidential palace
Egyptian protesters broke through a barbed wire barricade keeping them from the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday and some climbed onto army tanks and waved flags.
Up to 10,000 protesters had been penned behind the barrier, guarded by tanks that were deployed on Thursday after a night of violence between supporters and opponents of the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, in which seven people were killed.
A crowd of more than 10,000 protesters were thronging the square in front of the palace, where army tanks are deployed. Some sprayed graffiti on the palace's perimeter wall, telling Morsi to "Go."
Several people have tried to climb the palace’s gates.
The protestors are chanting: “The people want to overthrow the regime!”
The Egyptian opposition is protesting against the so-called Constitutional Declaration, adopted by President Morsi on November 22, in which he endues himself with practically unlimited power.
Cairo palace in for new siege
Thousands of angry demonstrators are marching on Cairo’s presidential palace to protest against the decision by President Morsi to assume sweeping powers.
They are chanting the freedom slogans of the February Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak and urging people in the streets to join them.
The palace is surrounded by police, troops and dozens of tanks and armoured personnel carriers.
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