Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 13: Millions Gather for Day of Martyrs As Ikhwan Talks

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CAIRO, Feb 6: Millions of Egyptians have taken to the streets to honor hundreds of protesters killed during the anti-government rallies over the past days, as Egypt's leading opposition group Ikhwan Muslimin joins talks to end the stalemate.

In Cairo, tens of thousands of people are massing in Liberation Square for what they have dubbed the "Day of Martyrs."

The protesters are flooding into the heart of the city for the 13th consecutive day despite heavy military presence.

The army has promised not to use force against the protesters.

The protesters are demanding an immediate end to President Hosni Mubarak's three decades in power.

They say they would not leave the streets unless their demands are met. They are now calling for fresh millions-strong marches across Egypt.

The UN says at least 300 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in Egypt in the days of protest against the government.

People around the world are rallying in solidarity with the Egyptian people's protests against President Mubarak.


The Ikhwan, or Muslim Brotherhood has held talks with the government aimed at ending the country's political crisis, meeting with Omar Suleiman, Egypt's vice president.

Mohammed Mursi, a senior Brotherhood leader, said the group is sticking to the protesters' main condition that Mubarak step down.

"We have decided to engage in a round of dialogue to ascertain the seriousness of officials towards the demands of the people and their willingness to respond to them," a Brotherhood spokesman said.

Attendees said participants included members of secular opposition parties, independent legal experts and business tycoon Naguib Sawiris. A representative of opposition figure Mohamed El Baradei was also in attendance.

Egyptian state television said Suleiman began meetings with prominent independent and mainstream opposition figures on Saturday to go through the options, which centre on how to ensure free and fair presidential elections while sticking to the constitution.

Sources: AlJazeera, PressTV, Agencies

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