Reports that the main headquarters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood set on fire in Cairo
5:21PM EST December.6.2012 – Cairo (Moriches Daily) — The embattled Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has addressed the nation, accusing the foreign-funded opposition of trying to incite violence against his legitimacy. Following the speech, hundreds of protesters stormed and torched the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo HQ.
“I separate the legitimate opposition from the vandals who committed violence,” Morsi told the nation. “The opposition thinks Article 6 is a problem. I won’t insist on keeping it, and anyway, the decree ends after the referendum.”
“I won’t tolerate anyone working to overthrow a legitimate government”
Morsi’s address follows a wave of heavy clashes beginning on Tuesday between his supporters and opponents, in which at least six people have been killed and over 640 injured.
The Republican Guard intervened on Thursday to halt violence outside the palace, where seven people were killed overnight in clashes between supporters and opponents of Mursi.
Members of the main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, said they were assessing the offer of talks to end a crisis sparked by Mursi’s November 22 decree awarding himself wide powers and protecting his decisions from judicial review.
An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows Egyptian President
Mohamed Morsi as he gives an address in Cairo on December 6, 2012.
(AFP Photo / Egyptian TV)
This week’s violence reflects the widening rifts in the most populous Arab nation, where contrasting visions of Islamists and their liberal rivals have complicated a struggle to embed democracy after Mubarak’s 30 years of one-man rule.