"I am deeply troubled by the undemocratic turn that Egypt's transition has taken," said former president Jimmy Carter in a statement released by his Carter Center, which observed the elections. The constitutional declaration "violates their prior commitment to the Egyptian people to make a full transfer of power to an elected civilian government. "
Calls were issued Tuesday by the Muslim Brotherhood and liberal April 6 movement for a large protest. As the sun set, the crowd swelled, growing to a size hardly seen since the final days of Mubarak's reign last February.
"We are the real power in the street. They can't give their orders against us anymore," said Khaled Ashour, a dentist. "The first word is from here, from Tahrir. From Suez. From Menya. The power is from people."
Demonstrators marched with signs supporting Morsi and against Shafiq and the military council. "Revolution is back to the square," chanted one group as they passed another chanting, "the law of the revolution, not the law of the military."
"Look at all the people here," said Ahmad al-Hadi, "and you will know that the Egyptian revolution will succeed."