Friends for a Democratic Egypt are holding a rally at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in front of the Hale Boggs Federal Building (500 Poydras St.) to show support for the Egyptian people and pressure the U.S. government to renounce Egypt's President Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak and demand that he relinquish power immediately. The group also wants America to renounce the violence against protestors who have taken to the streets since Jan. 25 to demand a new government.
We must, as a country and as Egypt’s main military funding source, demand that the violence cease immediately and that martial law be lifted. Further, we must, as a country, pressure Mubarak to leave power immediately. Election time will not be soon enough; it is clear that he will continue to enact retribution and violence on those who oppose him. There must be a trustworthy and impartial governance to lead the country in transition to a truly democratic process. The United States, Mubarak’s main financial and diplomatic support, has an obligation to demand that he step down immediately. Egypt’s ruling despots must be held accountable to international law, and our military aid must cease supporting such a regime if the United States still stands for the ideals of freedom and democracy so bravely demonstrated by the Egyptian people,a news release from the Friends for a Democratic Egypt said.
Voice of America reported Friday that President Barack Obama's administration is talking with Egyptian officials about a proposal for Mubarak to resign immediately, attributing the remarks to anonymous U.S. officials. The report says the proposal calls for Mubarak to turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman.