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Thousands march to presidential palace in protest of charter

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:24 PM 
Anti-Mursi protesters shout slogans as they stand on top of a wall in front of the presidential palace in Cairo December 11, 2012. Nine people were hurt when gunmen fired at protesters camping in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday, according to witnesses and the Egyptian media, as the opposition called for a major demonstration it hopes will force President Mohamed Mursi to postpone a referendum on a new constitution. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A march of thousands kicked off heading to the presidential palace on Tuesday to protest the charter referendum. Men wearing the distinct traditional garments of Al-Azhar led the march with a banner that read "Yes, to Sharia (Islamic law), No, to this constitution."

Egypt's main opposition group National Salvation Front has called for several marches to the presidential palace in protest of a referendum on the new charter. 

The front was formed of Egypt's main opposition figures amid the recent political crisis that engulfed Egypt following a decree issued by President Mohamed Mursi.

Whereas a disputed referendum on the draft constitution written by an Islamist-dominated assembly is scheduled for December 15. 

As the protests moved forward, leftist leader Kamal Khalil yelled chants "comparing the new regime to Hosni Mubarak's toppled one."

Meanwhile, many university students are expected to join the protests heading to the presidential palace as well as protests in Tahrir Square.

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