Morsi Flees Presidential Palace as Protesters Break Through Police Lines

UPDATE:Here is Morsi’s motorcade departing to chants of “Leave, Leave.”

The second wave of Tahrir Square protests, targeting Morsi, appear to be bigger and more decisive than those targeting Mubarak. Protesters have broken through the barbed wire.  The Presidential Palace has been targeted and defaced with graffiti. But the difference is in the media coverage.

Mr Morsi was forced to leave the palace through a back door as up to 100,000 people moved in to surround it on all sides. Some stones were thrown, one hitting the rear car in the president’s convoy.

Ignoring volleys of tear gas, the protesters burst through first one then a second line of police set in the way to reach the palace, which was the site of the final act in the overthrow of former dictator Hosni Mubarak last year.

Then, as last night, demonstrators chanted: “The people want the downfall of the regime”.

As tear gas swirled overhead, Maryam Samy, 25, a telecommunications engineer, said: “The new constitution has no compromise. They want to apply their own standards of freedom, which is not freedom.

“This constitution is worse than the Mubarak constitution. It was better under the military – we could all rebel against the military but the Brotherhood are using the poor and religion to divide society.”

This would be heady stuff under Mubarak, but the media is covering it only halfway, because it isn’t prepared to oppose Morsi the way that it opposed Mubarak.

Thousands pressed against the palace gates amid thunderous chants of “We won’t leave, he should leave!” Protesters climbed atop the military vehicles that ringed the complex and spray-painted anti-Islamist slogans on the walls.

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are headed toward a decisive showdown and, as before, the role of the US remains important. Obama has refused to condemn Morsi and that sends a message that the Muslim Brotherhood coup has American support.

  • JacksonPearson

    LMAO…Another Middle East blowback. Obama and his Muslim Brotherhood staffers have gotta be nervous.

    • EarlyBird

      What did Obama do wrong in regard to the Egyptian revolution? Dig he ignite it? Should he have helped Mubarak crush the revolution in Tahrir Square? Should the US have stepped in after Egyptians got rid of Mubarak to "tell" the Egyptians what type of post-Mubarak they are "allowed" to have? How did Obama specifically go wrong in regard to Egypt, and what other, obvious moves should a US president have made that Obama didn't make?

      And how does the fact that masses of Egyptians are now rejecting the Islamist takeover of their government in the same way they rejected their secular tyrant, a poor reflection on the Egyptians or Obama?

      Answers please, Jackson.

      • JacksonPearson

        If ye love Obama's slavery wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were even our countrymen!

        • broken arrow

          you haven't answered the question that was asked of you. I hear alot of irrelevant blather , change of subject , but no answer ,

          • EarlyBird

            Yep, Broken Arrow, we just get crickets from Jackson, and some poetry. He didn’t even attempt to break down what wrong moves the Obama administration has made in Egypt. Perhaps he actually understands that there are limits to American power, and that we can’t remake a whole society 5,000 miles away (or should), but can, hopefully, deal with reality as it exists and make the very best of it for the US and our interests. Some times that means not being hysterical about everything we can’t control.

          • JacksonPearson

            I'll ask you the same question as above…Just exactly what kind of answer from me were you expecting about Obama's failed Middle East policies? In a nutshell, it's obvious from the results, they suck.

          • JacksonPearson

            Exactly what do you two Bozos want to hear???…that your messiah closet Muslim Baracky is a medicine-man that can walk on water?

      • oldschooltwentysix

        Not that I agree with demonizing Obama, but he should have been more vocal about holding Egypt to a standard where individual rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. These are, after all, what we Americans are supposed to stand for and seek to enhance.

        You make him seem like a eunuch.

      • Watchful

        Obama appears to be very naive about the Muslim Brotherhood. He appears to be very eager to do their bidding. For his first big speech after his election in Cairo, he insisted that Muslim Brothers be in the audience. He is advised by Muslim organizations that are front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood. EarlyBird, you should really learn more about the Muslim Brotherhood before criticizing the author of this article who I think is very knowledgeable. Obama's Middle East policy has been a disaster. Here is a link to a good documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood. I don't think that it is a stretch to say that Obama helped bring Morsi to power.

        And don't confuse 100,000 urban protestors in Cairo with the masses of the Egyptian population who have made it abundantly clear in poll after poll that they want to be governed by Shariah law and that they favor the "Islamists'" agenda.

      • Coptic John

        Let me tell you the truth if you want to know it from within … first, all the ruckus that ensued the revolution made by MB and Hamas, they attacked the police stations and prisons in the same time and killed the revolutionists to enrage the public against Mubarak and the US administration knew that very well… they even touted the rigged parliamentary election, and finally they threatened the army to hand over the power to them, and that made the army change the presidential election's result in favor of Morsi instead of Shafik (the real winner)… isn't it steering the wheel to the wrong direction specially when 25th January took place one of the mean slogans for the demonstrators was "we want Egypt is not military neither Ikhwanya" but the US administration took the devil side.

        • Coptic John

          Correction: main slogan not mean

      • Mary Sue

        Obama keeps cuddling up to the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • oldschooltwentysix

    It may be because the Administration, though it touts itself highly, is at a loss to understand and therefore takes no action to help direct the forces in a beneficial manner that serves our national interests. This will permit Morsi to squeak through, and Egypt to becaome even more anti-American as it continues to take our foreign aid.

    • EarlyBird

      What is there to understand but that the people overthrew Mubarak, and don't want the US or other foreign powers to meddle in their government? After decades of repression, only the Egyptian Brotherhood was organized and ready to take over post-revolution. But the Egyptian people are currently rejecting them, too.

      Of course there is going to be major tumult after the end of such a repressive era. But we've seen the majority of Egyptians reject both secular AND Islamist, tyranny. They are sorting out their own affairs. That's a really healthy development.

      Trying to control every outcome everywhere to the benefit of the US is a fool's errand and will backfire on us. Of course we need to keep a close watch on the EB, but to attempt to manipulate or co-opt the new government would be to do Al Queda's PR work for them. When will we ever learn?

      • oldschooltwentysix

        Can you prove the statement that the majority rejects the Islamists?

        It is no less foolhardy to do nothing when it involves out vital interests, although that is what you see to suggest.

        There is nothing wrong with using our soft power, and it does not involve trying to control every outcome everywhere. That kind of nonsensical thinking can be no less dangerous or effective in the end.

        • EarlyBird

          Polls prior to, during and after the revolution, and the slogans of Egyptian protestors, show their basic desires: representation of the people's interests in government; an end to tyranny and political oppression; economic and political reforms that allow them to have a decent, normal, middle class life and a sense of control over their lives.

          People are not blind to the horrors of Islamist rule in the ME, and they don't want it. They don't want secular tyranny either. They may be conservative religious people, but not crazies.

          Now that Morsi has shown his tyrannical instincts, the legal system has shut down in protest and the cities are in flames again. That's a good sign.

          The US HAS demanded basic standards from Morsi, but to push too hard on Egypt and turn the revolution into an American project would be the best propaganda the Islamist fanatics could hope for, and a disaster for our short term and long term interests.

          • oldschooltwentysix

            While other polls show a decided preference for Saudi Arabia as the preferred model when it comes to religion in government and that Egypt’s laws should strictly adhere to the Qur’an.

            As for the demands, I think they are better described as a whisper.

            Why do you keep implying that I have called for the revolution to be an American project? Can you show where I have argued for that?

            When the MB takes more control, and the US "demands" for basic standards are ignored, then I suspect there will be more rationalizations.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fundamental change=Changing sides. Obama needs Morsi in power to threaten and grind on Israel over time.

    The Press will be no real help in the matter having Whored themselves so passionately for the wrong side for so long. Like the real freedom seekers in Iran went under the Bus,so will those in Egypt if they give Obama and the press the chance.

  • Coptic John

    I love this part when they chant "there is the coward" LOL

    • Mary Sue

      I wonder if they have a chant that means "GTFO" that is just as vulgar in English as it is in the language they are using.

  • BLJ

    I wish this would happen at the White House.