"... never before has the antipathy towards the military leadership that has managed Egypt since February been as marked as it is now. Hailed as the people's saviours during the revolution, the army is now perceived as the principal obstacle to Egypt achieving democracy. Under the leadership of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has been accused of drawing out the transition and plotting to ensure that the army remains the supreme arbiter in the land. (...)
Opposition parties urged the ruling military council to implement a series of measures to end the violence, calling on it to replace the civilian cabinet it has appoint the administer the country and to promise to hold presidential elections by the end of May. The army has indicated that a presidential vote might not take place until 2013.
The generals, however, appeared to be in no mood to make concessions, warning instead that they would take even more robust action if the unrest persisted." (Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent, and Samer al-Atrush in Tahrir Square, Cairo)