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Police Fire Tear Gas at Egyptian Protesters

Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clash with Islamist supporters of the president, unseen, as a cordon of riot police separates the groups in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clash with Islamist supporters of the president, unseen, as a cordon of riot police separates the groups in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
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Police have fired tear gas at clashing protesters in Egypt's northern city of Alexandria on the eve of a second day of polling on a controversial constitutional referendum.

Anti-constitution protesters and conservative Islamists threw stones at one another on Friday, prompting riot police to fire tear gas to separate them. There was no immediate word on possible injuries.

Thousands of Egyptians poured onto streets in Alexandria earlier in the day, waving flags and chanting as they marched through the city. Conservative Islamists had called for mass rallies before Saturday's second leg of voting on the proposed constitution.

Egypt's Draft Constitution

  • Limits president to two four-year terms
  • Provides protections against arbitrary detention and torture
  • Islamic law, or Sharia, serves as the basis for legislation
  • Religious freedom is limited to Muslims, Christians and Jews
  • Citizens are deemed equal before the law and equal in rights
The measure has the support of President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups. However, members of the liberal, secular and Christian opposition fear it will erode civil liberties because it increases the role of Islamic law and does not mention women's rights.

The proposal was approved by a largely Islamic committee last month after liberal and Christian members walked out, complaining their views were being ignored.

Last Friday, well-known ultraconservative Salifi cleric Ahmed el-Mahalawi was trapped inside of an Alexandria mosque for hours while supporters and opponents of the constitution clashed outside. The cleric had angered some worshippers when he voiced support for the referendum.

The remaining provinces vote will on the referendum on Saturday, a week after voters in Cairo, Alexandria and a group of other provinces cast ballots.

Unofficial results from the first day of polling show almost 57-percent of voters approved the measure.

  • Riot police use tear gas to disperse protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
  • Protesters supporting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gesture as anti-Morsi protesters throw rocks at them during clashes in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
  • Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clash with Islamist supporters of the president, unseen, as a cordon of riot police separates the groups in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
  • Riot police try to prevent protesters supporting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi from throwing rocks at anti-Morsi protesters during clashes in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
  • Riot policemen stand between protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and others supporting him (not pictured) in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.
  • A woman reacts as she stands before riot policemen separating opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Islamist supporters of the president in Alexandria, Egypt, December 21, 2012.

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by: Joe Macke
December 22, 2012 11:11 PM
and the 'protestors' in these pictures being brutalized by Egyptian authority shall not receive, or comfort, nor support of any kind from Clinton, Kerry,, Powers Nuland and no resolution to intervene from the UN. and no aid will come for the Coptic Christians who are being killed and their churches burned to the ground.

by: teddy shunnarah from: USA
December 21, 2012 12:41 PM
Prophecy is taking hold in egypt, brother against brother as is in syria, as this turmoil continues the Islamic Clarics will understand the God Hand is at play her as in syria, this prophecy is stated in thier book as in the bible and torah, Islam need to stop forcefully taking christian weman in to marriage as islam need to envolve the coptic christians in to Egypt political goverment of Egypt, also the hate needs to stop the hate of christians, if not then the christians will be forced to retalliate on all fronts, ten the christians will start taking muslium wemon forcefully by the dozen's that could led to cival war, I dont under stand way muslium want christian wemon when their wemon are just as prety on tis count the musliuns need to wake up, you just can not to always want to rule, goven and be on topor top dog for (6) da ceads islam has don nothin but a poor job of govening all over the middle east, try allowing christians in to your goverment as it also sould be theis, Islam stop being stupid.
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by: ali baba from: new york
December 21, 2012 8:23 PM
Dilga use your common sense and you know who invented ideology that kill more than killed in WWI,WWII
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by: dilaqa from: uk
December 21, 2012 6:17 PM
which prophecy do you talk about the fabricated book of bible,wake up and see islam will be the future ,
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by: ali baba from: new york
December 21, 2012 5:09 PM
Coptic can not fight Muslim. Coptic is minority and there is no way to fight majority like Muslim brotherhood. Muslim brotherhood is supporting by the Gov. of moersi , just one week ago ,they walking with sword in upper Egypt to intimidate Christian for not voting ..last year in the past a peaceful Christian protest, the army armor vehicle roll over the Christian bodies and 30 was killed .no regret from military Gov. it is bad situation and it will get worst in future

by: ali baba from: new york
December 21, 2012 10:45 AM
Egypt is dead. there is no way that moersi will understand the need of people. his blind folder eye is not help the country.it is time for you to United state GOV. to stop aid to Egypt . I hope that Muslim brotherhood lobby will stop and us government move to right direction to stop support fanatic to achieve their goal

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