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Egypt between protests and attempts at dialogue

· Mursi declares state of emergency in three cities ·

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces continued in Egypt's capital this morning. Chaos reigned near Qasr-al Nil Bridge, one of the main points of access to Tahrir Square. One person was killed and another eight were injured. Various parties of the Egyptian opposition organized a peaceful march, which is taking place today, to condemn the tension of the past few days. The demonstration is to begin in the afternoon at Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque and is bound for the Upper Chamber of the Parliament, which currently wields total legislative power following the dissolution of the Lower Chamber.

“There is no alternative to dialogue”; with this statement the Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi gave a symbolic sign to the opposition and to political leaders, inviting them to the round table of the national dialogue today. In addition, Mursi declared a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailiya, after the violence of the past few days.

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