Despite ongoing protests in Tahrir Square, the Egyptian government says elections will go ahead as planned, with parliamentary ballots scheduled for next week and a presidential one in June. They also refused to immediately step down, as the protesters are demanding. Perhaps more surprising, two Egyptian generals apologized for the killing of protesters in Tahrir Square. After five days of clashes between police and protesters, violence eased on Thursday. The military took over from the police, lowering cement barricades to separate the protesters from the Interior Ministry building.