Clashes in Egypt after leader’s power expansion
Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Cairo and other cities Friday against a decree by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi that placed his decisions above judicial review. Crowds gathered in Tahrir Square, the center of last year’s uprising against Hosni Mubarak, to protest what they see as the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi’s assumption of more powers. Clashes broke out near the Interior Ministry between activists and police for a fifth day, and the Health Ministry reported 16 people injured, according to Al Jazeera. The offices of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, headed by Morsi before his election, were torched in Alexandria and other cities, Al Jazeera said.