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Egypt revolutionary groups issue two statements from Tahrir listing demands

Various groups participating in the sit-in at Tahrir Square issue separate statements expressing similar demands

Salma Shukrallah , Monday 11 Jul 2011
Tahrir protesters July 10 (Reuters)
Young protesters taking part in the on-going sit-in in Tahrir square on July 10, faces painted with the Egyptian flag. (Photo: Reuters)
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Political groups participating in the Tahrir Square sit-in issued two statements Sunday underlining their demands. Though issued separately, the demands are almost identical.

One statement was issued by the Revolution Youth Coalition, The Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Revolutionary Socialists, the Democratic Workers Party, the National Front for Justice and Democracy, the Free Egyptians, the No to Military Trials Campaign, Mosharka (participation), Bedaya (A beginning), the Karama Party and Hamdeen Sabahy for President campaigners.

It states that the concessions made by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf came only after pressure was exerted by the sit-in and therefore the sit-in will continue in order to accomplish the following demands:

  1. The public trial of all officers involved in the killing of the martyrs of the Egyptian Revolution.
  2. Quick and public trial of the Mubarak family and the symbols of corruption of the former regime.
  3. Annulment of all rulings by military courts against civilians and referring them civil courts and bringing a complete end military trials of civilians.
  4. Revoking the anti-strikes and anti-demonstrations law.
  5. Limiting the authorities of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and increasing the authorities of the government in applying its policies, including its right to reshuffle ministers and governors.
  6. Repealing the new state budget and drawing up a new budget favouring the poor, and following a public debate.

The statement also confirmed that the undersigned refuse the ongoing negotiations with Essam Sharaf’s government for lack of a viable mechanism to maintain the dialogue or to put its recomendations into effect.

The signatories called for a milion man march on Tuesday.

A second statement, issued in parallel, was released by the National Counci, its constituent groups, as well as the Federation of Independent Trade Unions. The statement was read on Tahrir Square’s central stage by union activist Kamal Abu Eitta who confirmed that after six months the revolution’s demands have not been met and that consequently people decided to retake the streets. The demands as listed by the statement include:

  1. Ending the military trial of civilians and referring all those tried by military tribunals to civil courts.
  2. Revoking the anti-strike law, the new party law and the new parliamentary law as going against the revolution’s demands.
  3. Dedicating special courts to the trial of those responsible for the killing of the martyrs of the revolution, and for cases of economic and political corruption and for the trial of the Mubarak family and its regime.
  4. Giving martyrs’ families and the injured their full rights.
  5. Recovering all the nation’s stolen money inside and outside the country.
  6. Appointing a civil minister of interior.
  7. Restructuring the Ministry of Interior, firing and trying police officers involved in torture, and establishing full judicial supervision over the ministry.
  8. Dismantling Egypt’s General Workers Union for being a tool of the former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).
  9. Setting a new state budget that included a LE1200 minimum wage, a maximum wage that does not exceed 15 times the minimum wage, and linking wages with prices.
  10. Cleansing the Council of Ministers and all state institutions, including its media and banks, of corrupt former regime figures.
  11. Banning former NDP members from running for election for two consecutive parliamentary rounds.

While the second statement included several more demands, there appeared to be a general consensus on what the sit-in is calling for.

The trial of police officers responsible for the killing of the martyrs of the revolution, the trial of corrupt ex-regime figures and their expulsion from all governmental posts, the trial of the Mubaraks, ending military trials of civilians, drawing up a new state budget and revoking the anti-strike law seem to be agreed upon by all.

Consensus over these demands is reflected in the slogans and banners raised in Tahrir Square.     

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