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Threatening civil disobedience, Egypt revolutionaries list 7 demands
Revolutionary alliance calls for civil disobedience campaign unless SCAF steps down, govt is dismantled, presidential elections are held, and revolutionary tribunals set up
Ahram Online, Tuesday 7 Feb 2012
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Tantawi and El-Ganzouri
The Egypt Revolutionaries' Alliance wants Tantawi and El-Ganzouri to step down as de facto ruler and interim prime minister respectively (Photo: El-Ahram)

The Egypt Revolutionaries' Alliance – which brings under its umbrella over 50 political groups including the country’s six most prominent revolutionary movements – listed seven demands to be met in order for its anticipated campaign of civil disobedience to end.

A host of political groups, university students and workers in various fields have been increasingly calling for a campaign of civil disobedience to begin on 11 February, the one-year anniversary of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

The group’s chief demand is the immediate handover of power from the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to a civilian administration in the People's Assembly (the lower house of Egypt’s parliament). The six additional demands are:

1- The immediate dismantlement of the incumbent interim government, led by SCAF-appointed premier Kamal El-Ganzouri, and the appointment of a bona fide government of national salvation members of which shall be selected by the People's Assembly.

2- The immediate holding of presidential elections.

3- The formation of an investigative committee mandated with the judicial and executive authority to investigate all crimes and massacres committed by the ruling authorities since 25 January 2011.

4- The establishment of "revolutionary tribunals" to try all former regime figures found guilty of involvement in crimes committed after the January uprising.

5- The immediate dismissal of Egypt’s prosecutor general.

6- The purge and overhaul of Egypt’s Ministry of Interior, especially the National Security apparatus, which continues to be seen largely as a continuation of the notorious, now-defunct State Security apparatus.

In its statement, the Revolutionaries’ Alliance asserted that civil disobedience "has become a valid means of expressing our demand for the handover of power to a civilian administration in light of the recent deterioration of domestic circumstances."

"Young people have been killed, the SCAF has failed to live up to its promises and Egypt continues to suffer a chronic security vacuum,” the statement added. “All of these factors ended up contributing to the recent massacre in Port Said."

Last week, 74 football fans – mainly hardcore Ahly supporters known as Ultras Ahlawy – were killed in clashes with rival fans following an Egyptian league match between local teams Ahly and Masry in Port Said. Many suspect the disaster was not simply allowed to happen but masterminded by elements of the security forces, the military or former regime figures.

The Egypt Revolutionaries' Alliance was formed during the infamous clashes that erupted last November between protesters and police forces in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Cairo's downtown. The April 6 Movement (the Democratic Front) is one of the alliance's members.





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Miral
07-02-2012 02:26pm
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Sticking to Your Nationality
I believe that although many people believe that the situation in Egypt is somewhat chaotic and out of control, the Egyptians must find a solution that satisfies the majority of Egyptians. As for foreigners residing in Egypt, or in their respective countries, they should leave the Egyptians to solve their own problems without interfering unnecessarily.
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Hector M
07-02-2012 02:27am
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Revolutionaries demands
Egypt's REvolutionaries should wake up and smell the reality. You are only 8% of votes, and trying to dictate like your 80% votes. In democracies minorities dont dictate their choices, it is majority who does it. Please take a hike and go to American Embassy to hide.
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Waleed
11-02-2012 11:09pm
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The revolutionaries do not represent all Egyptians
Civil disobedience does nothing but hurt the Egyptian people and the Egyptian
Karim Hari
07-02-2012 08:52pm
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But they are not satisfied yet
please check the alliance of the 6 April Movement with occupy wall street on Youtube. Will representative of occupy wall street write the egyptian constitution with too. It`s just hilarious.
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Dr Gamal Elbaz
07-02-2012 12:05am
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There will be no democracy in Egypt for sure, however!
Sir, Egyptian doctor and former Officer of the Egyptian Armed Forces during my national military service and living in Europe since more than 3 decades in real democracy, I do believe the solution of the post-revolution crisis should be military for some more years. I consider security as if it were the “bread” in Egypt. It should be understood that security was lost probably for long time in Egypt with dramatic results coming day after day! I suggest contributing by dealing with most important issues. 1. Security issues: There will be no trust in police forces for several long years. Indeed, the 40-years old repressive security forces have been abolished by the revolution. I suggest a new structure of “National Guards” under the authority of armed forces like those institutions “Gendarmerie” in France and “Carabinieri” in Italy. This institution will be respected by the Egyptian people for major security issues. After rebuilding, the civil police may contribute to t
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Hector M
10-02-2012 08:32am
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There will be no democracy in Egypt for sure, however!
Dr. Gamal Elbaz, with due respect you seem to be a bit pessimistic. Egyptian society has gone through many turmoils. In western countries the societies under this turmoils may have burn out. Egyptian are Muslims, they have faith in God. They will will show great resiliency in their efforts to recover and deal with the issues. I believe elected officials have displayed great patience and strength to solve the problems. The biggest problems are so called revolutionaries. Their illusion is that they own the revolution. Even though the revolution was successful due to organization skills, and guidence of MB. The great credit goes to MB. That is why people chose MB on any other parties.

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