Protesters burn offices of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as activists clash with Morsi supporters over the president's new far-reaching powers that critics fear could allow him to be a virtual dictator.
CAIRO - Thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president clashed with his supporters in cities across the country Friday, burning several offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the most violent and widespread protests since Mohammed Morsi came to power, sparked by his move to grant himself sweeping powers.
The violence, which left 100 people injured, reflected the increasingly dangerous polarization in Egypt over what course it will take nearly two years after the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
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". On Friday, the president spoke before a crowd of his supporters massed in front of his palace and said his edits were necessary to stop a "minority" that was trying to block the goals of the revolution.
McCain calls on Obama to 'condemn' Egyptian president's power grab
Published November 25, 2012
FILE: June 2, 2012: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Institute for Strategic Studies. (AP)
Sen. John McCain on Sunday called on President Obama to take a tougher stance on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's move to seize full control of the country, saying the president should "condemn" Morsi's actions.
"First we must condemn the actions, then (consider) the steps needed to be taken," McCain, (R-Ariz.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told "Fox News Sunday."
Morsi announced the power grab Thursday, just one day after he helped broker a cease-fire agreement in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas in the Gaza strip.
"This is not acceptable," McCain said.