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Egyptian Protests Flare Up, 116 Injured Across The Country



CAIRO - Egyptian protests continued Wednesday, defying President Mohammed Morsi's decree that grants him wide-ranging constitutional powers.

Al Jazeera reports Egyptian police have fired tear gas into the crowds of protestors in Tahrir Square, Cairo, on Wednesday morning, where several hundred Egyptians spent the night denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Independent reports protesters are throwing smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails and stones at police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets Tuesday, in one of the largest protests since the fall of Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring movement.

Tahrir Square last night (@rr_vega via Twitter)

The Egyptian Health Ministry has issued a statement saying 116 protesters were injured across the country Tuesday, including 77 in clashes in the city of Mahalla and 25 in Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Protests were also held in Suez, Minya and other Delta cities across the country Tuesday, with protesters in the northern city of Alexandria attacking Muslim Brotherhood offices.

Demonstrations have been increasing in numbers since the decree was issued last Thursday, with growing complaints that the Muslim Brotherhood has hijacked the revolution.

One protestor, 32-year-old Ahmed Husseini, told the BBC: "We don't want a dictatorship again. The Mubarak regime was a dictatorship. We had a revolution to have justice and freedom."

Tahrir Square yesterday: "The Brotherhood stole our country" (@ashrafkhalil via Twitter)

The Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs, cancelled a rally on Tuesday in order to avoid clashes with opponents.

The protests have now entered their ninth day, snowballing from what was a commemorative march on the first anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street deadly clashes in Cairo in 2011.

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