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Headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political front, the Freedom and Justice Party, were ransacked and burned in Alexandria, Port Said and Ismailiya. Protesters described Mr Morsi as “Egypt’s new pharaoh” and said his declaration on Thursday night was a “constitutional coup”. In Cairo, the biggest demonstrations for months filled Tahrir Square, reviving the spirit and chants of last year’s revolution against the country’s former leader, ex-President Hosni Mubarak. “Out, out,” the crowd chanted. The people want the downfall of the regime.”
Critics of Morsi accused him of seizing dictatorial powers with his decrees a day earlier that make him immune to judicial oversight and give him authority to take any steps against "threats to the revolution".
"There are weevils eating away at the nation of Egypt," he said, pointing to old regime loyalists he accused of using money to fuel instability and to members of the judiciary who work under the "umbrella" of the courts to "harm the country."
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's seizure of powers have begun a one week sit-in in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Morsi told fellow Islamists at a rally Friday that he was maintaining "political stability." The United States, the European Union and the United Nations said presidential decrees issued by Morsi on Thursday - ostensibly to remove hitches in Egypt's transition to democracy - were counterproductive. Morsi defended his moves as his supporters rallied outside his presidential palace, saying it was his "duty to continue the march of the revolution," in a reference to the popular revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.
"We are, God willing, moving forward, and no one stands in our way. I fulfill my duties to please God and the nation and I take decisions after consulting with everyone. I am for all Egyptians. I will not be biased against any son of Egypt. Opposition in Egypt does not worry me, but it has to be real and strong. The people wanted me to be the guardian of these steps in this phase that the whole world has witnessed."
Prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday there could be no dialogue with Egypt's president until he rescinds a "dictatorial" decree that he said gave the Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi the powers of a pharaoh. "There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'," ElBaradei said in an interview with Reuters and the Associated Press after talks with other opposition figures.