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Thousands march on Tahrir to protest 'Brotherhood' charter
Secularists head to flashpoint square to show their rejection of a recently-unveiled draft constitution they say fails to represent all Egyptians
Salma Shukrallah , Friday 19 Oct 2012
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Tahrir square Protestors in Tahrir square (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
March Hundreds march from Mostafa Mahmoud mosque in Mohandiseen, Giza (Photo: Salma Shukralla)

Dozens of Egyptians gathered on Cairo's Tahrir Square by midday Friday to protest what they claim are Muslim Brotherhood attempts to dominate the writing of the country's new constitution.

Those attending the protest -- convened under the name "Egypt is no-one's private estate - Egypt for all Egyptians" -- are holding banners decrying Brotherhood rule and the body charged with writing the new charter. Other banners accuse Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, of "selling" the revolution.
 
Nearly 30 political parties and movements are participating, as is former presidential contender Hamdeen Sabbahi. Hundreds more protesters are expected to arrive on the flashpoint square in the hours after Friday prayers. At the moment traffic is flowing as normal.
 
Revolutionary groups, liberal and leftist forces called for the protest earlier this week, voicing their disapproval of a draft constitution presented by Egypt's Constituent Assembly, a 100-person body they claim fails to represent the country's cultural and political diversity.
 
Three marches are already on their way to Tahrir from across the capital, each led by a prominent revolutionary activist.
 
One has set out from Saida Zeynab, Old Cairo, and another from the northern suburb of Shubra. 
 
A third, on its way from Mohandiseen's Mostafa Mahmoud Square, already has several hundred participants, according to an Ahram Online reporter at the scene.
 
Activist Kamal Khalil is leading a procession waving red flags of the Revolutionary Socialists group, flags for Sabbahi's Egyptian Current party, the April 6 Movement, the Constitution Party among others.
 
Chants are calling for "a free, revolutionary constitution written by all Egyptians" and vowing "for the blood of the martyrs, we will start all over again".
 
Among the 29 parties and movements taking part in Friday's protest are: the Popular Current, the Constitution Party, the Free Egyptians party, the Nile Party, the Egyptian
Social Democratic Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the 6 April Youth Movement's Democratic Front, the Revolutionary Socialists, the National Association for Change, the Peaceful Change Front and the 'No to Military Trials' campaign.  
 
Simultaneous protests by Brotherhood supporters and secularists in central Cairo last Friday descended into prolonged street-fights between the two sides in which over 100 were injured.




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Abdur Razzaque
20-10-2012 06:59am
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Save the spirit of the Historic Revolution
Revival of reactionaries to destroy the essence of the historic revolution in his bud!
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Steve
19-10-2012 06:33pm
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Poorly written story
Little curious why the author doesn't so much as mention what it is specifically that the protestors don't like or how they aren't being included in the draft document. Does the charter call for sharia? Does it put safeguards into place that specifically help the Brotherhood hold onto power? Is this a case of liberal quibbling and whining or are the complaints legit? Do journalists no longer perform analysis?
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Mona Abdel-Aziz, Alex
19-10-2012 03:50pm
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Transperancy
In modern, democratic societies, people representatives have the wuthority to collect taxes and spend the money on the nation projects. In traditional societies, one person collect the money and spend it in secrecy. Which one do you like? LOOL
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Abdullah, Beni Swaif
19-10-2012 03:45pm
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Islamic Accounting
It is based on secrecy and all the nation miney goes to one person (Khalifa) or his inner group. We see this happening in Pal. AUth, Iran, SUdan, and Gulf states. If the person is corrupt, the money is gone forever. LOL. I do not tust Brotherhood for controlling Egypt money. It is the core issue.
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Aladdin, Egypt
19-10-2012 03:42pm
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False Divine Mandate
They falsly claim that Allah (SWT) ordered them to create Islamic state like Iran and other failed states. The prophet (SAWS) never claimed to be the head of the state or army. He always said, "I am the worshipper of Allah". Abduallah
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Tam2
19-10-2012 02:53pm
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Thank you
I thank all the Egyptians standing up today preventing another highjack of our rights. The brotherhood are comfortably thinking they can never be removed. If we can remove Mubarak then believe that they can move anyone robbing us of our rights. Without any consideration to the millions of none Muslims, the brotherhood is working hard on turning Egypt into an Islamic state. Not even thinking how it will effect the people, the economy ( tourism). Their main objective is to enforce a small group of peoples ideology on the millions of Egyptians, regardless of what the majority wants. No place for Mursi or the brotherhood in Egypt, this is the land of Adel imam, Halim, Fairuz, Amr Diab, this large variety of talent couldnt have been born with Sharia or islamic ruling. I remember holding friends of Muslim and Chrstian background walking in Maadi as a child, religion was never an issue and dont ever let it be one, we will finally have our real president after Mursi, if we can take Mubarak th
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Sam
19-10-2012 09:59pm
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Brother Hood
Hey Tam2, let me explain something, the Brother Hood and Morsi's mission is to creat an Islamist state, that mob will take the great country of Egypt back to the stone age and look like Iran today, as far as rhe tourist idustry, it will disapear, Egypt should be for all Egyptians regadless of color or creed
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Tam2
19-10-2012 02:05pm
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Thank you
I thank all the Egyptians standing up today preventing another highjack of our rights. The brotherhood are comfortably thinking they can never be removed. If we can remove Mubarak then believe that they can move anyone robbing us of our rights. Without any consideration to the millions of none Muslims, the brotherhood is working hard on turning Egypt into an Islamic state. Not even thinking how it will effect the people, the economy ( tourism). Their main objective is to enforce a small group of peoples ideology on the millions of Egyptians, regardless of what the majority wants. No place for Mursi or the brotherhood in Egypt, this is the land of Adel imam, Halim, Fairuz, Amr Diab, this large variety of talent couldnt have been born with Sharia or islamic ruling. I remember holding friends of Muslim and Chrstian background walking in Maadi as a child, religion was never an issue and dont ever let it be one, we will finally have our real president after Mursi, if we can take Mubarak th
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Steve
19-10-2012 06:36pm
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Withough consideration to the millions of non-muslims, impacts on tourism, and a small group placing their beliefs on you, did you ever consider this when voting for your government or are you the minority in not wanting Egypt to turn into an Islamist state?

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