Following Friday prayers, the numbers protesting against Egypt’s draft constitution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square grew.
The demonstrators say the proposals will restrict freedom of speech and could give Muslim clerics the chance to oversee new leglislation.
The draft was put together by the assembly after an all-night session that ended on Friday morning.
Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi has been defending himself against accusations of ruling like a pharoah.
“Regarding the talk of dictatorship, well I am with the Egyptian people. I suffered a great deal from the absence of freedom and democracy, and from the actions of the dictator, and the crimes against the nation and corruption. This is not present now,” said Mursi.
Demonstrators are angry that Mursi’s Islamist supporters have dominated the body set up to draft the charter after the assembly was boycotted by liberals and Christians.
There will be a referendum on the constitution in 15 days.