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Egyptian protestors turn anger toward military

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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Egyptian Protesters Turn Anger Toward Military

CAIRO—Tens of thousands of Egyptians endured soaring temperatures to protest in Tahrir Square on Friday against the slow pace of political reforms nearly five months after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

The demonstrations in Cairo and several other Egyptian cities amounted to a forceful expression of the growing disillusionment with the ruling military council who assumed power from Mr. Mubarak—a group of generals who, until recently, were largely considered beyond reproach or public criticism.

While Tahrir Square has hosted regular protests since the revolution ended with Mr. Mubarak resignation in February, what distinguished Friday's march was the participation of an especially broad spectrum of political parties and ideologies. Even Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, who have lately eschewed the continuing demonstrations, called out their numbers to press for a disparate set of economic and political reforms.

"Ninety percent of the people just united together today," said Ayman Zaki, a print store owner who said he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr. Zaki said he is particularly vexed by the slow pace of prosecutions against former regime officials and police officers who are accused of killing protesters—one of the more common complaints among the demands that included raising the minimum wage, compensating the families of those killed during the revolution, ending military trials and reforming the police.

"In the beginning, the people loved the army and we're still giving them a chance," he said. "But we want to separate the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces from the army. The Supreme Council are Mubarak's men, but the army is the Egyptian army and they're with the Egyptian people."

Activists erected a large white tent across the grassy central portion of the square on Thursday night. Politicians made speeches from sound stages that had been set-up overnight.

In an indication of the wide range of demands, some youthful protesters passed out a survey sheet asking demonstrators to evaluate the performance of the military leadership. On the opposite side of the square, adherents to the ultra-conservative Salafi school of Islamic thought passed out draft copies of a proposed Islamist constitution.

Large banners mocked Mr. Mubarak, who is in police custody at a hospital in the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh while awaiting a trial set for early August.

Another banner demanded that the families of the revolutionary "martyrs," as Egyptians refer to those who were killed during the revolution, be adequately compensated.

Supporting these families has emerged as a unifying populist cause for Egypt's bickering political parties. Police used tear gas and pellet rifles last week in clashes against families who were demanding harsher justice for police officers who are facing trial for killing protesters.

Families of those killed in the uprising rioted outside a courthouse in the coastal city of Suez earlier this week after the court released on bail several police officers who had been accused of killing protesters.

Police and military officers were conspicuously absent from Tahrir Square on Friday.

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silvercrow
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Wow i dont know what to say

muslimahpj
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I think it will be awhile before things start to settle down there. I hope they get the change they want.

silvercrow
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I hope so too

atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 8, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Ugh, they will never change over there. 

muslimahpj
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM


Quoting atlmom2:

Ugh, they will never change over there. 

Who?


AmmuJSE
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:10 PM

meaning?

Quoting atlmom2:

Ugh, they will never change over there. 


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Elyce225
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:35 PM


Quoting atlmom2:

Ugh, they will never change over there. 


muslimahpj
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:39 PM


Quoting Elyce225:


Quoting atlmom2:

Ugh, they will never change over there. 


Care to elaborate? Either of you on this comment?


AmmuJSE
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Ugh there never change over there.

Since two of you think that way would you please care to respond as to why? You do realize that some of us moms on this group have friends/relatives there & your looking a little erm bigoted. 

Abaco
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

yep, and not to be trusted.

Quoting atlmom2:

Ugh, they will never change over there. 


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