Officials at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and of human rights organizations took part in a discussion Thursday about the current situation in Egypt.
The experts discussed the United States’ call for a smooth transition of power and military action against peaceful protests.
Michele Dunne,a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and an editor of the online journal,the Arab Reform Bulletin,said the last 24 hours were a confusing time for Egypt.
She said protesters were planning a march Friday to the presidential palace of President Hosni Mubarak.
Amr Hamzawy,research director and senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut,spoke by phone from Egypt. He said he does not think there will be a big demonstration at the president’s palace Friday.
Hamzawy said the Egyptian people need “guarantees and safeguards” right now and cannot go on living in unrest.
“People are running out of food and gasoline,” Hamzawy said.
Omar Suleiman,the newly appointed vice president of Egypt,spoke Thursday about the state of the Egyptian nation,Hamzawy said.
Suleiman said those who are responsible for the Tahrir Square killings will be held accountable,and he asked for young people to stop demonstrating so the government can move forward and said the constitution will be amended to further examine the qualifications of candidates before they run for office.
“It’s a compromise,and it satisfies many people,including me,” Hamzawy said.
Recently,he said,the party has begun to arrest human rights advocates from organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
There is mass confusion right now,he said.
“No one knows who controls what or who,” al-Din Hassan said.
It is not surprising,he said,that Egyptians started to protest their oppression because they have been oppressed since 1952,but without negotiation,restoring Egypt’s government will be a slow process.