Soldiers checked the IDs and frisked protesters before allowing them to enter the Tahirr Square. Later, human chains of protesters performed secondary searches.
Sources said that the US officials and Arab diplomats were discussing with the Egyptian officials regarding the possibility of the immediate resignation of Mubarak. Also, discussing about the interim government forming before free and fair elections this year.
Mubarak on Thursday on an American TV network announced that he had enough and is ready to step down but fears chaos if he resigns now.
Sources said that there are the possibilities of Mubarak stepping down immediately, hence, introduction of a military-supported caretaker government and cede power to a transitional government run by Vice President Omar Suleiman and several ideas being discussed.
The pro-Mubarak gang that attacked demonstrators and foreign journalists on Friday morning did not have a visible presence in or near the square.