Anti-Morsi crowds turn out in Cairo, Alexandria

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(AP photo)

(AP photo)

CAIRO (AP) – Crowds have been increasing in size in Egypt’s capital and in the coastal city of Alexandria, as foes of the country’s Islamist president make themselves heard.

At least 100,000 people gathered today outside the presidential palace in Cairo. They’re angered by President Mohammed Morsi’s decision to grant himself nearly unrestricted powers, and also by the draft constitution that was adopted by his allies.

The protest turned violent as police fired tear gas to keep demonstrators from approaching the palace.

Morsi was inside as protesters gathered — but a presidential official says Morsi left for home through a back door when the crowds grew.

Police eventually allowed the crowds to surge to the walls of the palace complex. But there were no attempts to storm the palace, which is guarded inside by the army’s Republican Guard.

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