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Tahrir sends message to Egypt's ruling military council and Islamist parliamentary majority

Demonstrators condemn military rule and accuse state media and the Muslim Brotherhood of sweeping military violations under the rug

Salma Shukrallah , Saturday 28 Jan 2012
Friday of Dignity
Demonstrators march to Tahrir on "Friday of Dignity" (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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The thousands of Egyptians marching to Tahrir on "Friday of Dignity" had one clear demand: an immediate handover of power from the ruling military junta to a civilian, transitional government. The demonstrations that flooded to the iconic square from several parts of Cairo also made a stubborn statement that the revolution still continues.

"This is a revolution, not a celebration" they chanted on the year anniversary of Egypt's  revolution. "Do not be scared, say it out loud: the [military] council has to go," was another slogan dominating the square and the several rallies that toured Cairo on Friday.

The martyrs were also much remembered, as made obvious by the thousands wearing masks of the faces of those killed since last year’s 25 January. Protesters - still angry that no one has yet been held accountable for the hundreds killed during Egypt’s revolution - also chanted, demanding retribution.

Red stickers reading "Kazeboon," meaning "liars," in Arabic were stuck on many of the demonstrators' jackets, t-shirts and bags, together with yellow stickers that read "No to the military trials of civilians."

Kazeboon and No to Military Trials are two highly successful campaigns targeting Egypt’s current military rulers, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Kazeboon condemns the ruling council as “liars,” and screens videos showing military and police beating and shooting at demonstrators, while the military claimed innocence. The other campaign, No to Military Trials, condemns the processing of civilians through military courts for alleged infractions and pushes for the civilian's cases to be transferred from the military trials to civilian courts.

While most of the chants targeted the ruling SCAF, demanding an end to their military rule, the Muslim Brotherhood, whose party now has the majority of seats in Egypt’s new parliament, also saw a share of criticism.

Something never before witnessed in Tahrir occurred on Friday: tens of thousands chanted against the Muslim Brotherhood.

As they marched into Tahrir from the Qasr El Nil Bridge, near where the MB stage was located, they chanted “Sell the revolution Badee,” with contempt. Mohamed Badee is the MB’s General Guide.

The speaker on the Muslim Brotherhood stage reacted by calling those chanting against the MB felool, a term now used to refer to ex-Mubarak regime loyalists.

Demonstrators, in kind, replied by holding up and pointing the Kazeboon stickers towards the stage, implying that the MB are also liars.

Mohamed Mousa, one of those chanting against the MB, told Ahram Online "we are chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood because they are here to 'celebrate' the anniversary, but there is no reason to celebrate. The officers who have killed the demonstrators are free and Mubarak’s trial is a joke."

Mousa also added that while the demonstrators were chanting against military rule, the MB stage started playing the Quran in attempts to stop the chants. However, Mousa explains, the MB’s attempts to tone down the chants against the military and their celebrations actually provoked many.

As the demonstrators’ chants echoed louder against the MB, a banner reading “Eid,” meaning "feast," or "celebration," in Arabic, referring to the anniversary of the revolution, was taken down.

Mousa confirms “the MB took down the Eid banner...in response to our chants.”

Thousands believed that the Muslim Brotherhood's "celebration" was meant to try to override everyone else's demand for the SCAF to hand over power to a civil body.

“The revolution still continues” shouted many, defiantly.

While tens of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square, others marched to the Maspero television and radio headquarters, chanting that the state media are also liars. Protesters accuse the state media of defending the ruling military council and tainting the revolutionaries’ image. Meanwhile, part of the group headed to the Ministry of Defence headquarters to protest military rule.

Although some protesters demanded presidential elections be held earlier and others demanded a handover of power to the currently elected parliament, while others suggested power be handed over to a Presidential Council, they were all clearly in agreement that military rule must end.

Furthermore, demonstrators took a stand against any entity's attempts to overshadow or ignore their demands, whether it be state media, Egypt’s new parliament or the majority party.

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Mark Anthony
23-03-2012 12:25am
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Kick the International Bankers Out Of Egypt and the Arab World
The International Bankers money is still playing the most important role in Egypt. We all know that the Egyptian military is under their control and they have now bought out the Muslim Brotherhood with their money. These Bankers do not easily give up their power. Therefore the people must unite strongly against them and select a government which will rule in the people's interests that will kick the Bankers out of Egypt permanently. The Bankers are headed by the Rothschilds and they operate, mainly, through the Federal Reserve System in the Arab world. Kick them out, as Iran has done.
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John Andrews
29-01-2012 06:48am
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Run a better story
We all know that the MB (or the FJP, its political arm) is the majority party, after the people spoke, loud and clear through the ballot box. Funny, though, that Al-Ahram runs a story like this and overlooks them. They get us comments from one side only. Typical anti Islamic approach. It is time you change guys, before Muslims start asking for retribution. I'm copying this for posterity!
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Zaki
31-01-2012 10:27am
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Better story
Very well said. One should keep in mind this revolution would not have succeeded without MB due dilligence on creating an a safe environment at tareer during protets.The security and safety checks, food supply to name few. The youths did not have taht depth.
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Kerolos
29-01-2012 05:31am
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Dilemma
The youth of Egypt are at an impasse now. MB is undeniably clever and very organizational, maybe the youth should learn a thing or two from the MB. However, the MB has also undeniably sold the revolution in favor of the guardianship of the council. The council and the MB are now one bloc and removing them is not gonna be easy and not sure if it is wise either...
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Kerolos
29-01-2012 05:31am
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Dilemma
The youth of Egypt are at an impasse now. MB is undeniably clever and very organizational, maybe the youth should learn a thing or two from the MB. However, the MB has also undeniably sold the revolution in favor of the guardianship of the council. The council and the MB are now one bloc and removing them is not gonna be easy and not sure if it is wise either...
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akram fahmy
28-01-2012 09:51pm
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MB
MB have always worked for the good of the people.Tactics guys. Those are called tactics. Hope youngsters learn from MB, they have a goal, serving people. How to achieve it ? This is the question
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Zaki
29-01-2012 09:21am
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Replt to MB
MB have always worked for the good of the people. This is not tactics guys.It is very true, actions speak louder than words.
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hend
28-01-2012 06:00pm
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Enough is enough!!!!
Enough is enough! Shouting to the army to step down is not a good idea at this time. The young Egyptian demonstrators are facing three problems at the moment in Egypt, which are the army, the brotherhood and the salafis. This revolt has not finished yet. You should have to ask the parliament what kind of constitution will be defined for the Egyptians in the 21th century. How are they going to solve the Egyptian economy’s problems? How are they going to find jobs for the young generation?
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Zaki
31-01-2012 10:21am
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Reply to Enough
The young Egyptian demonstrators are inexperience and emotional. They dont know how to and what it take to run a huge country. On the Otherhand Brotherhood are very well knowledgeable, and experienced. The youth should not forget that the revolution would not have succeeded without the help of organizational skills of MB. and the Mubarak or Suleiman would be on the helm. The constitution will be defined for the Egyptians in the 21th century the same constitution as of 500 century Islamic constitution. We have solutions of every problem in our constitution. You need to study my friend.
Karim Hari
31-01-2012 03:56am
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You should have to ask the parliament what kind of constitution will be defined for the Egyptians in the 21th century
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Kevin
28-01-2012 04:21pm
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Muslim Brotherhood
If the MB are liars, why did so many people vote for them to take seats in parliament? or did their lies just now come out now that the election is over?
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