NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Protests in Egypt continue despite a number of concessions offered by the Egyptian government in an attempt to quell anti-demonstrations that began nearly two weeks ago.
Egypt vice president Omar Suleiman met with the leaders of major opposition groups on Sunday to offer concessions aimed at resolving the country's political crisis, such as freedom of the press, the release of those detained and the removal of the country's widely contested emergency laws. Suleiman vowed to organize a committee to focus on Egyptian constitutional reforms regarding who can run for president as well as term limits on future presidencies, the Associated Press reported. But it seems that protestors and opposition groups won't be satisfied until President Hosni Mubarak resigns. "People still want the president to step down," protest organizer Mostafa al-Naggar was quoted by the AP as saying. "The protest continues because there are no guarantees and not all demands have been met," he added. "We did not sign on to the statement. This is a beginning of a dialogue. We approve the positive things in the statement but ... we are still demanding that the president step down." Mubarak named a new cabinet on Jan. 30 in an effort to pacify the riots. But the new lineup, dominated by regime stalwarts, seemed to do little to mollify the Egyptian people. Mubarak also said last week that neither he nor his son, Gamal, would seek the presidency in the fall. Mubarak said he would complete his term to ensure a peaceful transition of power, but many protesters want him out sooner. Protesters continued to crowd the streets of Cairo on Sunday, a day that was dubbed the Sunday of Martyrs. Anti-government protesters are calling for additional concessions from the regime and for Mubarak to resign immediately.
|Thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on Monday.|
Wael Ghonim, Google's ( GOOG) Middle East executive, was detained by the Egyptian government last week during the riots. He has not been heard from since Jan. 25, when he tweeted, "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die." Reuters reports the U.S. State Department has been informed by a relative of Ghonim that he has been released in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said Monday. Journalists covering the revolution in Egypt are also being targeted for assaults, according to multiple media reports. "After shutting down the Internet and then reconnecting it at the start of this week, the regime has decided to target media personnel physically by unleashing its supporters in an unprecedented campaign of hatred and violence," Reporters Without Borders Secretary General Jean-François Julliard said in a statement last week. "This has gone beyond censorship. This is now about ridding Cairo of all journalists working for foreign news media." CNN talk show host Anderson Cooper reported he was attacked by rioters in Egypt. He decided to leave the country on Saturday, he said on Twitter. "It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave #Egypt. CNN continues to have many teams in place. It was a hard decision to leave," @andersoncooper tweeted. Protests throughout Cairo, Alexandria, and other Egyptian cities are now in their 14th day as demonstrators hope to force Mubarak's immediate resignation. -- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Theresa McCabe. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to @TheresaMcCabe. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.