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    Protests in Egypt: Your experiences

    Ongoing conflict rocks Cairo

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     hannsmit Hannah Smith, an American student studying at the American University in Cairo, attended an anti-Morsy demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, on November 23. She says protesters demanded President Morsy compromise on his constitutional declaration, which gives him broad executive powers. 'The people were furious, but not at each other, only at Morsy,' she said. She says she does not believe Morsy is listening to the people's demands. 'I think as long as he has the police and military to back him up, he's not going to do anything,' she said. 'He doesn't have to. He has the guns behind him, just as Mubarak did.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Up to 500,000 people gathered in Tahrir Square at any given time on Friday, November 30, to protest the draft constitution and Morsy's latest decree, seen as a power-grab by many. Estimates now say over 1 million people were there at some point during the night, although people came and went. Egyptian and study abroad students from American University and universities throughout Cairo joined the throng in marches to the square. Schools across Cairo have shut down on-and-off due to the protests. Traffic has drastically decreased as many choose to stay home or go downtown. Riot police wait in armored trucks scattered around the city. The US embassy, despite media reports, has not shut down, but services are being suspended temporarily. On Saturday, anti-Morsi protestors refused to vacate the square as pro-Morsy protestors headed to Cairo University for a protest of their own, which will end with a march to Tahrir. In Tahrir itself, a makeshift hospital has been set up among the tents, as well as many shrines to martyrs in the recent conflict. The iconic graffiti from the Arab Spring on the front wall of American university has been redone nearly every day, depicting images of those killed in the clashes. The photos below are from last Friday, November 17, at Tahrir Square, on the first day of massive protests.

     

    I am a current student at American University in Cairo, living in Zamalek, 20 minutes from Tahrir.

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