The last week saw yet another flurry of political intrigue. Countering the massive protests seen in Tahrir last Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis organized a demonstration at Cairo University, drawing at minimum hundreds of thousands.
Soon after, protests outside the High Constitutional Court by the Muslim Brotherhood prevented justices from entering the building to render a decision about the constitutionality of the fragmented Shura Council, Constituent Assembly, and the final draft of the constitution they produced.
Wow. That's a mouthful! Long story short, Egypt's political debates about the direction of the country have become incredibly fractured and polarizing.
Today, hundreds of thousands marched on the Presidential Palace to protest the new draft of the constitution, which will go to referendum on December 15th.
Heliopolis, where the palace is located, is usually an (almost) calm area with beautiful Belgian architecture dating back almost 100 years.
The streets around the palace were lined with barbed wire and dozens of Central Security Force personnel vehicles. The police stood guard as protests shouted chants, calling for Morsi to leave. My favourite to date: "Al shaab yoreed eskat el nezzam" (Translation: 'The people want to down the regime'). There's something about this one that when it's chanted by tens of thousands of people, it sends shivers down your spine.
Soon after I left, protestors breached the barbed wire and were met with tear gas. The Central Security Forces retreated, and many allegedly jumped over the barriers in victory. According to various Twitter feeds, protestors also stole unused tear gas canisters and police shields.
As seems to be the general trend as of late, I was there with my camera. Photos below!