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Youth protest against military trials

Protest against military trials of civilians comes just hours after military prosecution extends detention of blogger/activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah

Ahram Online, Monday 14 Nov 2011
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Hundreds of young people held a demonstration against military trials in Downtown Cairo on Sunday evening.

The protesters marched from Talaat Harb Square to Tahrir Square to demand the ruling military council ends military trials of civilians.

They also chanted a slogan frequently heard during the January 25 Revolution, “bread, freedom and social justice.” They also condemned the country’s political forces and parties for shifting their focus to the upcoming parliamentary elections and neglecting the values of the revolution.

The march came only hours after the military prosecution renewed the detention of blogger and activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah for another 15 days, and postponed the trial of fellow blogger Mikel Nabil until 27 November. Abd El-Fattah is accused of inciting violence and assaulting military personnel during the Maspero clashes on 9 October, while Nabil, who has been on hunger strike for 83 days, was convicted by a military court for writing a damning blog about the army. The two are among 12,000 civilians tried in military courts since the revolution began.

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