gyptian President Mohamed Morsi returned to work on Wednesday, a day after fleeing the national palace as thousands of people protested at the gates, demanding his resignation. The demonstrators, 200 of whom camped out in front of the palace overnight, clashed violently with police, who fired tear gas as some of the protesters breached barricades and tried to reach the palace walls. Morsi's critics accuse him of making a dictatorial power grab to force through a new constitution written by an assembly dominated by his fellow Islamists and boycotted by secularists and Christians. Morsi has scheduled a referendum to approve the constitution on Dec. 15. "Our marches are against tyranny and the void constitutional decree and we won't retract our position until our demands are met," said Hussein Abdel Ghany, an opposition spokesman.
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