Tahrir sit-in enters second day, to go on until 7 demands are met

Salma Shukrallah, Saturday 9 Jul 2011

The occupation of Tahrir Square enters its second day, with a growing consensus around seven demands that must be met before the the sit-in would end

Determination Fridat at night
Night falls on Determination Friday at Tahrir Square, July 8. (Photo:Reuters)

Thousands are occupying Tahrir Square in central Cairo, continuing the sit-in launched on Determination Friday. The protestors have set terms that if met would end the sit-in. Until then they are determined to stay.

Dozens of Ttents occupy the central island of the square, and the area close to Omar Makram Mosque. Checkpoints continue to operate checking IDs and body searching all who seek access to the square, many of whom are passersby.

Marches and chants continued late into the night, ending at around 2am. Protesters started chanting again, reviving the protest at 9am Saturday.

Tahrir Square is now completely occupied, and closed to traffic.

Late Friday night several demonstrators were collecting signatures from the different political groups, parties and movements taking part in the sit-in on seven points drafted as a proposal for a joint statement of demands and as conditions for the protesters leaving Tahrir and other sit-in sites around the country.

The demands are:

1) The immediate release of all civilians who have been sentenced by military courts and their retrial before civilian courts. Military trials for civilians are to be totally banned.

2) A special court should be established to try those implicated in the killing of protesters during the January 25 Revolution, and all implicated police officers are to be suspended immediately.

3) The sacking of the current minister of the interior and his replacement by a civilian appointee, to be followed by the declaration of a plan and timetable for the full restructuring of the Ministry of Interior, placing it under judicial oversight.

4) The sacking of the current prosecutor general and the appointment of a well-respected figure in his place.

5) Putting Hosni Mubarak and members of his clique on trial for the political crimes committed against Egypt and its people.

6) Revoking the current budget and the drawing up of a new draft budget that courageously acts to respond to the basic demands of the nation’s poor, and putting that draft budget to public debate before its adoption.

7) Clear and open delineation of the prerogatives of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, ensuring its powers do not infringe on the powers and prerogatives of the cabinet. The prime minister should have full powers to appoint aides and members of his cabinet, once that cabinet is purged of the remnants of the old regime.

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