By Joseph Mayton
"CAIRO: In what could very well be a monumental moment in Egypt’s modern
history, the Republican Guard that had been preventing protesters from reaching
the Presidential Palace moved aside on Friday early evening and allowed the
masses who had gathered to pour onto the street directly in front of the
The shouts of joy as protesters moved swiftly into the area, some jumping
over concrete barriers aimed at keeping them away from the palace.
The Republican Guard has stationed itself in front of the palace, but has not
intervened as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians continue to demand the removal
of President Mohamed Morsi, in what has become two weeks of near continuous
protests in Cairo and across the country.
It also follows Wednesday’s clashes when Muslim Brotherhood supporters
attacked peaceful protesters who had entered into a sit-in in front of the
palace the night before.
That violence left at least 6 people dead and over 1,000 injured. Activists
and videos show the Brotherhood brutally attacking the anti-Morsi protesters
with knives, sharp objects, sticks and even gun fire and rubber bullets.
The Brotherhood and Morsi have maintained that it was the doing of a
“third-party” in what activists say is a return to the claims made by the now
ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak during the January 2011 uprising.
On Friday afternoon, leading figure Mohamed ElBaradei called on Egyptians to
reject Morsi’s call for a national dialogue, saying “it lacks all basics of a
“I appeal to all national forces not to participate in dialogue that lacks
all basics of a real dialogue,” ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account.
“We support dialogue that is not based on arm-twisting tactics or imposing a
fait accompli,” he added....."
Graffiti on the Walls of the Presidential Palace
Beside the obvious, it says "Step Down and Go, You Dog of America!"