CAIRO -- Protesters armed with Molotov cocktails clashed with police outside the presidential palace in Egypt's capital Friday evening, as demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi carried into a second week in major cities nationwide.
Local TV footage showed a chaotic scene, with trees along the palace walls consumed by flames. Later, riot police fired shotgun pellets, tear gas and powerful water jets from fire hoses in an effort to push back protesters and extinguish the blazes. The government said in a statement that it would not hesitate to use force to protect state property.
At least one protester was shot dead, the Health Ministry confirmed, and local media reported dozens of injuries, mostly from tear-gas.
The crisis gripping Egypt has exposed a growing disconnect between the opposition movement's political leadership and many of the young street protesters. The latest violence came a day after top opposition figures held a dialogue session with Mr. Morsi's backers in the Muslim Brotherhood and other conservative Islamists, later joining with them to issue a statement condemning violence. Many protesters who began rallying outside the palace expressed skepticism about the dialogue effort, and some openly defied the call for nonviolence as they hurled firebombs at the complex from which Mr. Morsi administers the country.
Earlier Friday, smaller crowds in Cairo and key Suez Canal cities, where the recent violence has been most intense, had appeared to suggest that the crisis was abating. Protesters said blustery weather, fatigue and disagreements over their movement's goals stifled turnout after a week of clashes that left dozens dead and more than 1,000 injured.
The sheik of Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest religious authority, hosted Thursday's dialogue session, which was attended by leaders of the National Salvation Front, a loose alliance of liberal and secular opposition figures; the ultraconservative Salafists; and the Muslim Brotherhood. The statement yielded by the meeting denounced violence by all parties.
But it was unclear what, if any, impact the dialogue had on Friday's demonstrations. The opposition movement has been plagued by divisions over goals and tactics, even as it grew in the past week on the back of a wave of popular anger over police brutality.
"There's definitely a fundamental difference on whether the goal of protest and making demands is ... to get concessions from Morsi, or whether they want to force Morsi from power," said Michele Dunne, director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.
Many protesters in Cairo on Friday described conflicting visions of a resolution to the crisis. Some called for a national unity government and peaceful protest. Others, citing bread-and-butter economic issues, chanted for Mr. Morsi's dismissal. Members of the "black bloc," a new, black-masked anarchist group that has advocated violence against the state, arrived at the palace protest wearing T-shirts that read "Revenge," witnesses said.
The crisis, set off by protests Jan. 25 to mark the two-year anniversary of the start of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak, has amplified pressure on Mr. Morsi and his Brotherhood backers.
But the opposition has struggled to capitalize on the dissent with a unified message and goal.