Muslim Brotherhood Office Set on Fire in Alexandria Clashes
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party office in Alexandria was set ablaze during ongoing clashes between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi Friday, according to various media sources.
Meanwhile in Cairo, protesters are pouring into Tahrir square to demonstrate against Mursi’s seizing of new powers Thursday night, which granted him a significant degree of immunity from Egypt’s judiciary. Presidential aide Samir Marcos has reportedly resigned in protest.
Sixteen people were wounded in clashes between protesters across Egypt, according to the Health Ministry.
Protesters compared Mursi to “a dictator” not unlike former president Hosni Mubarak, deposed by massive demonstrations last February.
Opposition leaders including presidential hopefuls in Egypt’s 2012 election Hamadeen Sabbahi, Amr Moussa and Mohammed al-Baradei have issued a joint statement lambasting the presidential decree shortly after a presidential spokesperson announced it.