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Women's march calls for end to military rule

Ahead of the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, a women's march wound through downtown Cairo Friday calling for the demands of the revolution to be met

Ekram Ibrahim , Saturday 21 Jan 2012
(Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Thousands of women marched from Omar Maqram Mosque Friday afternoon, passing through Tahrir Square to Downtown streets raising revolutionary demands and calling on the people to join protests on the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

“I didn’t feel the change the January 25 Revolution ought to bring, I will keep on rebeling until our demands are met,” Amina Ahmed, 33, told Ahram Online.

The march started with a couple of hundred women, increasing to several thousand soon after.

Hundreds of men ringed the march from all sides, protecting the women's demostration. “I'm here to show that the revolution is ongoing and that people should go back to the streets on 25 January,” Mohamed Ashraf, 28, told Ahram Online.

Together, the men and women were chanting, “Down with military rule,” “Egyptian women are a red line” and “Free revolutionaries, will continue our journey.”

The women's march later joined another march calling for freeing army officers who joined the 8 April protests and were subsquently arrested. Around 20 officers were taken by the military from Tahrir Square 8 April after joining protesters in a sit-in.

The women's march included all age groups, from the early twenties to late sixties. Some hung pictures of those who lost their lives in protests, while others held up revolutionary demands.

Some women were dressed in black and others had black bands on their heads with “mourning” written on them, for Egyptians who have lost their lives during the first year of the January 25 Revolution.

“I have not lost any of my family members, yet I am here because every Egyptian is family,” Nariman Raafat, 56, told Ahram Online.

As the march appeared free of members of Islamists groups, some chants questioned the Muslim Brotherhood. “Where are the Muslim Brotherhoods? Here are the people,” thousands chanted.

Women demonstrations after the revolution took place in March, on International Women's Day, a demonstration that was forcibly dispersed after women were verbally and physically harassed in Tahrir Square. A second demonstration took place in December after a woman was brutally beaten and dragged half-naked by army forces in Tahrir Square.

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