Egyptian Police launched early morning volleys of tear gas into Tahrir Square to deter anti-Mursi protesters. On Tuesday night the fractious ranks of those who oppose Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi put their differences aside, with hundreds of thousands descending on Tahrir Square in one of the largest demonstrations since Hosni Mubarak was ousted nearly two years ago.
The demonstrations began after Mursi issued a divisive decree on Thursday widely extending his powers while disenfranchising those who oppose him. Mursi's administration has defended the decree, saying it's simply an effort to speed up reforms and complete a democratic transition.
But opponents say Mursi is behaving like a modern-day pharaoh, consolidating power with little concern for the law.