Day five of the latest Egyptian anti-government protests and the streets of Cairo were simmering with violence again.
The unrest has stubbornly refused to go away, so much so that the man in the protesters’ sights, President Mohamed Mursi has had to declare a state of emergency, imposing curfews in three cities on the banks of the Suez canal.
They want Mursi to go, claiming he hijacked the revolution they fought for two years ago, to impose his own Islamist stamp on the country.
The president invited political supporters and opponents for a national dialogue at his palace in Cairo. Opposition parties were not impressed and did not go.
One of the leading National Salvation Front figures, Mohamed El Baradei said: “The dialogue the president called for is cosmetic, not substantive. We support any kind of negotiation with an agenda and a timetable.”
As tanks took up position in Suez, the spokesman for the main opposition coalition, Khaled Dawoud said the president was missing the real problem in Egypt, that is his own policies.