Protesters defy army order to clear out

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 1:05 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Protesters in Egypt are defying an army order to leave the area around the presidential palace.

After a night of deadly clashes between critics and backers of President Mohammed Morsi, the army sealed off the palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles and set a deadline for protesters to clear the area. But hours after the deadline passed, a group of anti-Morsi demonstrators remained, chanting slogans against the president.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists supporting Morsi withdrew from the area after a sit-in.

Inside the palace gates, Morsi met with members of his Cabinet and military leaders to discuss the expanding crisis.

Five people were killed and more than 600 injured overnight as Morsi's Islamist backers and largely secular protesters lobbed rocks and firebombs and each other in an upscale Cairo suburb. It was the worst outbreak of violence between the two sides since Morsi was elected in June.

Many activists who once supported Morsi have jumped to the opposition after he issued decrees granting himself almost absolute power, and his allies pushed through a draft constitution amid a walkout by Christian and liberal factions.

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181-s-18-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"very high here (chanting)"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie describes the scene from the midst of a demonstration in Cairo. (6 Dec 2012)

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180-s-15-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"President Mohammed Morsi"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie describes a demonstration in Egypt's capital city. (6 Dec 2012)

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154-c-12-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"in this crisis"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports Egypt's military has stepped in after rioting that killed five people in Cairo. (6 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO CAI117: Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution.(AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan) (6 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO HAS131: Egyptian Army soldiers install barbed wire outside the presidential palace to secure the site of overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (6 Dec 2012)

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