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Mursi's opponents demonstrate in Cairo

Mursi's opponents demonstrate in Cairo
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Opponents of Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi have demonstrated in central Cairo against the country’s recently-elected Islamist leader.

An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people gathered outside the presidential palace, accusing Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood of trying to monopolise power.

Mohamed, a protester, said the Islamist party “should not be above the law and should respect existing rules on political groups, associations and the payment of taxes.”

Protesters fear Mursi will seek to control state institutions to escape democratic scrutiny in the same way his predecessor Hosni Mubarak did.

An interim constitution puts Mursi in charge of the army. He sacked Egypt’s former military rulers earlier this month.

The editor in chief of an independent newspaper has also been put on trial on charges of insulting the president.

A similar demonstration in the city of Alexandria on Friday also drew a low turnout.

The rally later turned violent when an unidentified group of men brandishing knives and sticks attacked around one thousand anti-Brotherhood protesters.

Several people were wounded.