Egyptians protest against more powers to military

By the Associated Press | November 18, 2011 | 3:45 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptians are rallying in Cairo's Tahrir square, with Islamists in the forefront, in a protest against what they say are attempts by the country's military rulers to reinforce their powers.

The rally Friday was dominated by the country's most organized political group, the Muslim Brotherhood. It was called to protest a document floated by the government which declares the military the guardian of "constitutional legitimacy," suggesting the armed forces could have the final word on major policies.

The Brotherhood says the document reinforces "dictatorship," and has promised an escalation if it is not shelved.

Other groups such as the April 6 movement are demanding a timetable for the end of military rule which began after the deposition of President Hosni Mubarak in February.