Last year, Morsi pushed through a new constitution for Egypt despite objections and a boycott by liberal, leftist, and minority groups. He then issued a
statement granting himself powers beyond the courts' reach, a move that drew sharp criticism from opponents. But Morsi said the declaration was necessary
because the country needed a constitution and the courts were standing in the way.
What is seen by Brotherhood members as necessary in a post-revolution Egypt is viewed as an attempt to co-opt the revolution by the opposition. They point out that Morsi has allowed the prosecution and arrest of journalists and politicians that have spoken out against him, like the popular comedian Bassem Yousuf.
"He betrayed the revolution, betrayed Egyptians, and arrested everyone who opposed him," said Amal Sharaf, one of the founders of the April 6 Youth
Movement, one of the earliest revolutionary groups in Egypt. In last year's elections, it supported Morsi, but it's now one of his most vocal critics.
"He thinks only he can write the constitution, only he can safeguard the Parliament, and he appoints governors from his party only...everything is his,"
Sunday's protests were not the first against Morsi. Anger over Morsi's attempt to grant himself new powers simmered over into large protests last December,
which resulted in at least five deaths.
The difference this time, though, is that Morsi's failures have hit every Egyptian, and hit them hard. "The electricity used to not go out for a whole
year," said Ali Shinawi, in the village of Damas, north of Cairo. "Now it goes out two hours every day." The power cuts have hit everywhere, even Cairo.
For the last three weeks, Egyptians have also been dealing with a severe gasoline shortage. Lines stretching for several kilometers are a common sight,
tying up traffic on roads and highways and sparking violence between drivers. The Morsi government says the problem is being caused by smugglers who sell
the fuel on the black market and deplete the supply for everyone else. But critics say the Brotherhood insists on keeping fuel prices extremely low.
Egyptians pay only about $0.50 per gallon for gasoline, which is heavily subsidized. To pay for the difference, the government takes out loans, and in the
past few months, Egypt's creditors have come asking for payments.
"Without the fuel shortage, we would not have this much support against Morsi,"
said Hashim, a volunteer from the opposition camp in the square. "We see completely new faces here this time, people that never even came to the 
At the opposition protest in front of the presidential palace, Apache helicopters flew low, circling around. Each time they swooped down, the crowd erupted
"See that, that is the Egyptian Army!" Mustafa proudly exclaimed, pointing to a massive parking lot that is housing dozens of armored cars and tanks. It's
a staging ground for the military to quickly respond to unrest during the protests, but for opposition protesters like Mustafa, it's a sign that the army
is on their side.