The bloody images were replaced with a mostly peaceful protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday. Thousands of anti-Mubarak demonstrators held a rally they dubbed "Day of Departure," as they called on the embattled Egyptian President to step down. Their demands on day 11 of the uprising were not met.
While the mood was mostly positive today, there is still tension. Our crews have heard sporadic gunfire. There were also street battles between supporters and opponents of Mubarak in another street plaza just half a kilometer from Tahrir Square.
Anderson will be reporting live from Cairo with the latest developments. He'll share the moving videos from today, and the last several days.
One of the most memorable images is of a white diplomatic van running into anti-government protesters near Tahrir Square. The U.S. Embassy in Egypt and U.S. State Department issued a statement saying that several embassy vehicles were stolen in Cairo on January 28. We'll talk it over with CNN's Jill Dougherty.
The lingering question is will President Mubarak step down soon or will he stay in office until elections in September?
Some are saying the Obama administration should be doing more to push him to resign now. Anderson will discuss the options with our team of reporters in Egypt, along with CNN's John King in Washington and Professor Fouad Ajami of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Also, don't miss Anderson's 'Reporter's Notebook' on the sights and sounds over the past week.
Our live coverage from Cairo begins at 10 p.m. ET tonight on CNN. See you then.
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