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Anti-military, anti-Brotherhood protesters enter Tahrir for 1st time since Morsi's ouster

Small group of protesters take over monument-under-construction to slain revolutionaries in Tahrir Square, and chant slogans against the military, Mubarak supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood

Ahram Online, Monday 18 Nov 2013
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400 members of various pro-revolutionary groups have entered Tahrir Square for the first time since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.

Protesters mounted a controversial memorial for protesters slain during the revolution and spray-painted slogans on the monument.

The slogans demanded retribution for "all the martyrs" and "down with the military regime," and "down with all those who betrayed the revolution: the miltary, feloul (Mubarak's people), and the Brotherhood."

The foundation for the memorial was laid on Monday morning by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi.

Some revolutionaries charged that the government's move to honour martyrs was cynical since authorities are themselves to blame for the death of protesters.

Earlier this week, the interior ministry released a statement extending its condolences to the "martyrs of the revolution."

Monday evening protesters had split off from a larger event taking place in nearby Abdeen Square, commemorating the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes between security forces and revolutionaries in November 2011, which left 47 protesters dead and hundreds injured.

Around 3,000 people attended the commemoration near the house of Gaber "Jika" Salah, who was killed during clashes that took place during the first anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes in 2012.

The organisers of Monday's event chose the day before the actual anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud in order to avoid clashes with security forces. Meanwhile, The anti-military, anti-Brotherhood group "The Way of the Revolution Front" plans a demonstration Tuesday in Mohamed Mahmoud Street.

Both sets of protesters have vowed not to allow Brotherhood supporters to join the commemoration or the protest in Tahrir, accusing the Islamist group of siding with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) against protesters during the battle of Mohamed Mahmoud.

Activists hung a banner across the Tahrir Square-Mohamed Mahmoud Street intersection reading: "No entry for military, Feloul, Brotherhood.

Protesters chanted "No mandate for General Sisi," and "No Sisi for president."

The square has been closed to demonstrations since the ousting of president Mohamed Morsi, with two exceptions. The public were allowed to show support for army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in his efforts against terrorism on 26 July and were also allowed into the square to celebrate the 1973 war against Israel on 6 October.

An attempt by pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters to rally in Tahrir on 1 October was thwarted by local street vendors and shop owners, who dispersed the group.

Hatem Tallima, a member of The Way of the Revolution Front, told Ahram online that Monday's entry of revolutionaries into Tahrir Square sends a message to the authorities.

"We will fight against the return of a repressive state. We are reclaiming the square of the revolution that the security forces have been occupying for four months in order to restart our long-term fight for justice," Tallima said.

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barbara el-nimra
19-11-2013 06:59pm
still hope
"the way of the revolution front" finally enters tahrir still there is some hope for the country! thanks to all the brave men and women who do not fear fighting for freedom, justice and a better life for all the egyptians! and I wish you succeed!
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19-11-2013 04:43pm
For crying out loud stop protesting and go back to work to fix Egypt ! No feloul, no military, no brotherhood??? Well right now there's no other option so just get on with life until the next elections and next time make sure you pick the right person !
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19-11-2013 09:20am
Hooligans not protesters !!!
This is outrageous, newly erected monument to pay respect and honor victims/martyrs of clashes in 2011, being spray-painted by so called "protesters" who want justice for those martyrs. It only shows their disrespect for the victims and ignorance... SHAME ON YOU !!! The organizers of Monday's event should be hold responsible for damaging public property and most of all for insulting honor of martyrs. I will say it again, SHAME ON YOU !!!
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