Egypt Opposition: No Talks With Morsi

Rejects president's offer for dialogue, calls for more protests
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 7:32 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi slogans outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

(Newser) – Mohamed Morsi's call for a dialogue between himself and opposition leaders tomorrow has been rejected by the opposition, AFP reports.The National Salvation Front, a coalition of opposition groups, called for more demonstrations today and told Reuters that its "official stance" is that it will not join any talks. Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei tweeted much the same sentiment: "I appeal to all national forces not to participate in dialogue that lacks the basics of real dialogue, we are for dialogue that is not based on arm-twisting and imposing a fait accompli."

Meanwhile, the violent clashes between the two sides continued. Late yesterday, after Morsi's speech, opposition protesters attacked the Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo offices, setting them on fire and ransacking them, the BBC reports. Hundreds of protesters also congregated outside Morsi's hometown house and were dispersed with tear gas. Reports say as many as eight Morsi advisers have now stepped down over the conflict. (Read more Mohamed Morsi stories.)

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