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Egyptian mothers march to parliament to demand end of violence

Grieving mothers call on newly-elected MPs to halt violence against activists, prosecute those found guilty of killing protesters

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Feb 2012
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Hundreds of Egyptian mothers staged a protest march on Sunday from the Cabinet offices in downtown Cairo to the nearby parliament building to demand that newly-elected MPs put a stop to the killing of political activists by security forces and expedite the prosecution of anyone found guilty of using undue violence against unarmed protesters.

As of 1:30pm, some 200 women were assembled in front of parliament, most of them dressed in black. Many held banners aloft bearing slogans such as, "Enough killing, enough lies," and "Egypt will remain in mourning until there is retribution."

The mothers’ march comes largely as a response to a deadly confrontation between rival football fans in Port Said Stadium last week that left 74 people dead.

On Thursday, one day after the incident in Port Said, thousands of demonstrators marched on Egypt’s interior ministry to protest the bloodshed, which many critics blame on the government and security forces. In the days since, running clashes between the ministry’s Central Security Forces and anti-government demonstrators have left 12 dead in Cairo and the canal city of Suez.

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