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.

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jgarbuz
Dec 7, 2012 10:16 PM CST
When everyone was raving about the wonderful "Arab Spring" nearly two years, and how democracy would soon be in bloom, I predicted one thing would result for sure: Chaos. So far I'm batting nearly 1000.
fred.lapides
Dec 7, 2012 10:27 AM CST
as always in Egypt, all remains up to the army and you will note that they are supporting--he made deals with them--the Brotherhood. Notice how they are keeping in the background and letting the police do the wok of containing the crowds...but they are there, in case.
texron
Dec 7, 2012 8:33 AM CST
The MB will never step down......they will kill the people that want true freedom.....the Army is their only hope !