Sunday of Martyrs; Government Meets Opposition

Mass protests continued today, which has been dubbed the “Sunday of Martyrs.” Demonstrators called for another “million man march”-type protest intended to bring together Christians, Muslims, and others to honor those martyred in the revolution and their families.

A “landmark” meeting between Egypt’s government and the opposition began talks on government concessions and possible areas of constitutional reform. The talks, headed for the government by Vice President Omar Suleiman and including officials from the formally banned Muslim Brotherhood, resulted in the government offering amnesty for “nonviolent” protesters, broader press freedoms, and the abolishment of Egypt’s longstanding “state of emergency” (in effect since 1981).However, the opposition negotiators insisted upon Mubarak’s immediate departure, and talks broke down on this point.