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'Save the Revolution' day begins in Tahrir, Egypt

Tahrir Square demonstrations restart as revolutionary demands are left unmet

Ahram Online, Friday 1 Apr 2011
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Thousands are already gathered in Tahrir Square to answer the call sent out to re-take the streets and “save the revolution”.

Many more are expected to join after Friday prayers, when thousands should be heading to the square from mosques and churches across Cairo. Egypt’s January 25 revolution put forward several demands in addition to the ending of Mubarak’s rule but many have not yet been met, activists say.

The call to restart demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was put forth by several political groups, including the Revolution Youth Coalition which has been criticised for its absence from the political scene.

Coinciding with “Orphan’s Day”, the Revolution Youth Coalition say that more than 120 families who have lost their children as martyrs during the revolution have been asked to join the planned demonstrations in condemnation of the late trials of those responsible for killing young demonstrators during the 18 day revolt.  

The revolution’s unmet demands include changing the constitution so as to mitigate the president’s sweeping powers, dismantling the former ruling National Democratic Party and the trial of all figures accused of corruption including the ousted president.

Also demanded is an ending of the state of emergency and the release of political prisoners. Lately many have also demanded an end to military prosecutions of civilians, a common procedure since the military took power.   

Activists complain that the revolution is still far from successful in meeting its initial demands.

Mubarak has not been put on trial. The NDP is still at work. The local councils and governors appointed by the old regime have not been replaced, editors of all the national papers hired by the old regime remain in their positions. Members of the old regime still dominate most workers’ unions and public companies while the emergency law has not been lifted and most political detainees remain in captivity.

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Concerned Citizen
01-04-2011 03:55pm
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Military and Islamic Coalition
Syria has kicked out all kinds of Islamist groups from its borders (hamas, hizbollah, jihadists), and Egypt is welcoming 3000 political Islamic fascists/prisoners today. It's obvious that the military council is collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafiyeen who are demanding that their "brothers" return. These two ultra-religious groups are becoming so popular and powerful in Egypt, and the military council is giving them the microphones. Most of the Egyptian media outlets are still being controlled, and this time, it's by the Armed Forces. Al Ahram Online is the only Egyptian online newspaper that has reported about what's going on in Tahrir square in Egypt today. I am very disappointed in the military, but I hope today's protests amount to something. A Concerned Citizen
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