You know what would be a shame? If the mob of protesters got their hands on Morsi.

CAIRO – Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around President Mohamed Morsi’s palace in Cairo on Friday after breaking through barbed wire barricades and climbing onto army tanks guarding the premises.

“The people want the downfall of the regime” and “Leave, leave,” they chanted, using slogans used in the uprising that toppled Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Opposition leaders earlier rejected a national dialogue proposed by the Islamist president as a way out of a crisis that has polarized the nation and provoked deadly street clashes.

Elite Republican Guard units had ringed the palace with tanks and barbed wire on Thursday after a night of violence between Islamist supporters of Morsi and their opponents, in which seven people were killed and 350 wounded.