Camped out in Cairo and going nowhere. These demonstrators in their tents in Tahrir Square last night outside the Egyptian Presidential Palace want to show the country's new leader, Mohammed Morsi, that they mean business. They've had enough of his efforts to control the country by issuing a decree saying any further decisions or laws he makes cannot be challenged. He also intends to go ahead with a referendum on a new constitution in 10 days time. Many citizens don't want it, one man here saying President Mursi is already shutting out his people:
"We are here until he leaves because we asked him to revoke the presidential decree, but he didn't do it. Mursi does not speak to us, he only speaks to his clan and his group, the Muslim Brotherhood and we are not part of this clan -- we do not feel that we are part of his clan and group because he is working for the interests of one faction, which we are not part of."
Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of protestors last night as they surrounded security vehicles and broke through police lines to the palace walls. According to the Reuters news agency, a throng of 100,000 people took part throughout the night. At one point apparently the President fled the palace for a few hours. He's now returned to work there and for him it's 'business as usual'. However with Egypt's Judges Club now refusing to preside over that forthcoming referendum and thousands more people planning to continue protesting in Cairo again today, things are certainly far from normal for them.
Written and presented by Marverine Cole