The cabinet met without the widely despised former interior minister,
Following widespread international outrage, a
Ghonim was arrested after joining the protests in central
Ghonim announced on his Twitter feed before his arrest that he had been "brutally beaten up by police people." Not long before he disappeared, he wrote: "Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die."
The release of prisoners has been a key demand of opposition representatives who met with newly appointed Vice President
"In the mess we are in, everything is possible," Rady told the Associated Press, adding that the government is investigating all reports of missing persons. "We are really against these forces now," he said.
Protest leaders say the security services have been
responsible for widespread detentions and beatings, and while the
cabinet began the day-to-day business of attempting to restore normalcy
to the country, their occupation of
Large crowds filled the square through much of Sunday night with loud speeches, music and celebrations, though the carnival-like atmosphere turned briefly into panic with the sound of an extended burst of automatic gunfire. It was reportedly shots fired into the air by a soldier as a warning to activists who had moved in to protect a line of razor wire blocking access to the square.
Past midnight, the square settled into quiet, and the numbers by morning were significantly smaller, though many protesters were still sleeping in tents. Protest leaders said larger numbers were expected at the square after returning to their homes for the night.
"No one has tired out," said
"These people that came here won't leave except as corpses," said Elkabbany, who teaches in a dental school. "We are still sitting because we are convinced that this country will be fixed."
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