The situation in Egypt doesn't look good.
President Morsi set a State of Emergency in three provinces and a curfew in three cities.
This was in response to riots and widespread unrest after people reacted to the sentencing to death of 21 individuals held responsible by the Egyptian courts for their roll in a soccer riot that killed 74 people almost a year ago.
Last night the curfew went into effect, but thousands of people in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez cities defied the order to stay in doors and marched in the streets.
Egyptian military, now with special powers to arrest, largely stood on watching as they chanted anti Morsi slogans.
This is a real issue for the new president, as people grow discontent with his leadership and accuse him of being a dictator rather than an elected representative of the people.
But the assemblies and (limited) violence did not only stay in those provinces alone as Egyptians in Cairo also took to the streets in protest supporting their 'brothers' under Morsi's decree.
Egyptians understand that they have power in the masses of the people after the revolution two years ago.
The army understands that the country has a real problem on it's hands again. They stated today that the governance of Egypt was on the state of collapse. This in a way, is a veiled threat to to those who stir up the forces of the opposition – and perhaps Morsi himself.
But what is worrisome is that President Morsi said he wasn't afraid to use greater force against what he termed an unruly force.
If he doesn't come out and 'crush the rebellion' then he will be seen as week.
If he does order his military to forcibly usurp control, or sends thugs on the street to bring control, he'll be no different than ousted leader Hosni Mubarak in the eyes of the people.
The Egyptian on the street is more and more being caught on camera saying that President Morsi has betrayed the revolution that brought him to power.
These coming days will be critical for the future of Egypt.
Middle East Correspondent