Palace sit-in continues, Abu Ismail threatens to break it up

Dozens of demonstrators protested in front of the presidential palace on Saturday evening, in solidarity with the ongoing sit-in of hundreds of demonstrators.

The protesters' main demands are the repeal of President Mohamed Morsy's 22 November constitutional declaration expanding his powers, and the halt of a planned referendum on the new draft constitution which is planned for 15 December.

Central security forces stationed at the palace continued to prevent traffic from passing in front of the palace and on its side streets, refusing to remove part of the concrete wall on Merghani Street.

Meanwhile, Salafi preacher and former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail called for the palace protesters to vacate the area by tomorrow. He called on his supporters to go and break up the sit-in if the protesters had not left by then.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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