Egyptian riot police have fired teargas at protesters demonstrating against President Mohamed Mursi near the presidential palace in Cairo. Live TV coverage also showed demonstrators breaking through police lines and reaching the palace walls.
Several thousand demonstrators chanting “The people want the downfall of the regime” had gathered in what they called “last warning” protests against Mursi, who was reported to have left the palace.
He has angered opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers.
Earlier 11 independent and opposition newspapers refused to go to press to “stand up to tyranny” and the lack of press freedom in the country’s draft constitution.
The Egyptian Independent said on its website “we object to the continued restrictions on media liberties, especially after hundreds of Egyptians gave their lives for freedom”.
A dark humour can be found on Cairo’s streets. “My regular newspaper is unavailable today, so the positive thing is I saved some money. What we see in the papers, we see on television, chaos. Today the country is in chaos,” said one man.
The constitution has become the focal point of Egypt’s biggest political crisis since Islamist Morsi won power in June.
The charter has raised human rights concerns, including freedom of expression and freedom of worship for religions other than Islam.