Rally to honour revolution's martyrs on Friday

Ahram Online, Wednesday 30 Nov 2011

Twenty-three political forces call for rally to honour revolution's martyrs in Tahrir Square on Friday

Tahrir Square
A protester throws stones at riot police during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 22, 2011. (Photo: AP)

A demonstration to honour the "heroes of Mohamed Mahmoud Street" and all "martyrs killed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) during the transitional period", including on 9 April, at Maspero and during the recent Tahrir clashes, has been organised by 23 political forces and movements for Friday, 2 December in Tahrir Square.

A statement said the bloodshed spilt by protesters since the revolution had paved the way for a society based on freedom and social justice, and added that the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes forced the SCAF to announce a timetable for transferring power, secured the electoral process and forced Sharaf’s government to resign.

Demonstrators will offer condolences to the revolution’s martyrs from 1pm until 4pm, perform a rally with symbolic coffins from 4pm until 6pm, and conduct a memorial ceremony from 6pm until 7:30pm.

The demonstration was organised by the People’s Socialist Alliance, the Revolutionary Socialists, the Workers’ Democratic Party, the presidential campaign of Mohamed ElBaradei, the April 6 Movement, and the Maspero Youth Coalition.

The Egyptian Revolutionaries Coalition has called for a similar demonstration on Friday to honour those who died and those who lost their eye sight in the recent clashes, calling it the rally for the “eyes of freedom.”

The coalition’s spokesperson, Amer Al-Wakeel, said demonstrators would wear blindfolds in solidarity with those who lost their eye sight in the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, adding it would be inviting the activist Ahmed Harara, who lost the sight in one eye during the January 25 Revolution and the other during the recent clashes, to attend.

Those responsible for the violence from SCAF and the Ministry of Interior should be put on trial, the coalition demanded.

The coalition will hold a press conference on Thursday at the Crescent of Freedom Institution to present photos of those injured in the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, medical reports that confirm the use of toxic gases on protesters, and accounts of injured protesters at the Qasr Al-Aini hospital who Al-Wakeel claimed have so far been ignored by authorities. 

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