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Dueling demonstrations in Cairo as Islamists rally behind Morsi

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Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at a demonstration near Cairo University on Dec. 1.

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Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rally near Cairo University.

By NBC News wire services:

Islamist crowds demonstrated in Cairo on Saturday in support of President Mohammed Morsi, who is racing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.

Many thousands assembled outside Cairo University, waving Egyptian flags and green Islamist emblems to show their backing for the president and the constitution he is promoting. Full Story

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at a rally near Cairo University.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

Morsi supporters on top of a statue called "Egypt's Renaissance" at Cairo University.

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

Anti-Morsi protesters and their tents in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, anti-Morsi protesters continued their sit-in Tahrir Square, saying the Muslim Brotherhood has stolen the revolution and is railroading though a constitution that could lock in Muslim Brotherhood rule for 50 years, bringing more Islamic law. Read news analysis by Richard Engel

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

Anti-Morsi protesters chant slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Dec. 1.

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

A protester opposed to Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi carries a cross and a Koran in Tahrir Square on Dec. 1.

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

Anti-Morsi protesters chant slogans in Tahrir Square on Dec. 1.

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