Nightly News | November 24, 2011
>>> in egypt tonight, news of a truce between police and protesters after days of blood shed in and around tahrir square. meantime there are new developments involving three american teens being held in an egyptian jail. for the latest we turn to amon in cairo tonight. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, savannah. it's been a week of deadly protests and thousands remain in tahrir square behind me. they are calling for a million man march on friday that is going to be a political showdown between the protesters and the military rulers. it was the front line of intense fighting all week long. this street off of tahrir square, the site of day-long battles between egyptian security forces and protesters that continued late into wednesday evening. by thursday morning, a shaky truce seemed to be sticking. the military erecting a barrier to separate the two sides. the fighting on the street may have stopped, but the political standoff still continues. battered but still determined, protesters are demanding the military immediately hand over power to a civilian government. not so fast, says egypt 's military rulers, refusing to take their marching orders from the tahrir protesters. they say the path to democracy begins with monday's parliamentary election, which this general says will take place on schedule. but the military has made some concessions, apologizing publicly for the killing of protesters and releasing some of those detained in the fighting. among those ordered freed on thursday, three american university students shown here on state tv. they were arrested, accused of attacking security forces . charges that were later dismissed. award-winning egyptian filmmaker who was detained during wednesday's fighting and prominent egyptian american activist, who was also detained tells of a terrifying ordeal.
>> broke my left arm and my right hand, hit me on the head with a stick and then sexual sort of gropes everywhere.
>> reporter: a sense of calm returning to the streets tonight along with anxiety over egypt 's future. savannah, the military has been under intense pressure ever since an interim government resigned. this evening nbc news has learned they have appointed a new prime minister to form an emergency cabinet, but the protesters aren't convinced he'll be given the power he needs to