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'Get out!' Egypt protesters demand downfall of Morsi regime

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Protesters run from riot police during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 23, 2012.

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Protesters shout slogans against President Morsi in Tahrir Square on November 23, 2012.

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President Mohamed Morsi, center, speaks to supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012.

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A protester cheers as items ransacked from an office of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party burn in Alexandria on November 23, 2012.

NBC News staff and wire reports — Opposition protesters clashed with police in several Egyptian cities Friday after new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi awarded himself sweeping new powers.

Police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the center of anti-regime protests that ousted longtime U.S.-backed leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

"The people want to bring down the regime," shouted protesters, echoing a chant used in the anti-Mubarak uprising. "Get out, Morsi," they chanted. Read the full story.

Demonstrations erupt in major Egyptian cities after President Mohammed Morsi granted himself sweeping new judicial and legislative powers. NBC's Jim Maceda reports from Cairo.

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