NewsNation | November 30, 2012
>>> today. james maceda joining me live. it appears reminiscent of the scene two years ago.
>> reporter: you're right. and i want to point out something that's just happened within the last couple of minutes. we've seen some exchanges of blows, some scuffling going on between what looks like mostly anti-morsi people who are here obviously, this is an opposition demonstration, and perhaps some infiltrated pro morsi people. it's hard to tell. but just down below us, there was some scuffling, some punching out, and using sticks. and suddenly the group were thrown by undercover security into a van and driven off. this all just happened a few moments ago. you're absolutely right that we get that feeling of two years ago here. you've got a massive crowd, by last estimate about 100,000 here tonight, packed into this square. it's of course ground zero 2011 resolution. and you can hear them chanting leave, leave and the people want to bring down the regime. the same expected against mubarak. today they're meant for morsi. these are people who are mixed bag. young, old, male, lots of female, from all walks of life. and they are part of this opposition movement that's really been galvanized over the past week or two by -- last week i should say by morsi's sudden decree that has given him of course so much power. but now they're also protesting against something else and it is an important point to make here. they're concerned about and reject entirely this flawed draft constitution which they say doesn't represent them at all, but, rather, represents morsi's muslim brotherhood and other iz laslamist who approved the rushed constitution . they say now that to ratify the draft constitution is just a political employ by morsi to get him out of the current jam that he's in because keep in mind once there is a new constitution , morsi can hand over much of that controversial power to the parly the and then he gains a state with a constitution that has a very, very strong islamist bias. one which by the way critics and international human rights experts today were criticizing, were concerned about, it could be a constitution that seriously inhibits freedom of speech , freedom of religion , as well as women's rights and much more. so, craig, it's really upping the ante. the protest is no longer just about a power grab. it's about what kind of country egyptians down below want. and those people there are saying passionately that they don't want what morsi has to offer.
>> jim, as you have been talking about this draft constitution , we have zoomed in on some of the pictures that you described, a well, the 100,000 or so protesters who have gathered in tahrir square. and we've witnessed some of the fistacuffs that you talked about. is this akin to what you've also been seeing, have we seen blows being exchanged or is this something new?
>> there have been now for the past nine days ongoing skirmishes, clash, whatever you want to call it between protest ares, a group of protest are, not necessarily part of any specific organization that take on the security forces when they have the opportunity to do so. that has led to two killed so far and several hundred injured. not just here in cairo, but up in the now river delta , alexandria, places like that. so that has been going on independent of this. these demonstrations here on the other hand have been relatively nonviolent. festive at times. we haven't seen that type of violence over the past week here. they've been very careful to stay on message, and it's been since for about a week now,s's been entirely the anti-morsi faction or opposition. they want to get the message out that they're staying here, sitting in or demonstrating until