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The second wave of the Egyptian revolution: Ahram Online's balance sheet of achievements and letdowns

Ahram Online provides a summary of the demands made by Tahrir's sit-in and the SCAF's response to them

Ahmed Feteha, Friday 22 Jul 2011
Hundreds of Thousands flock to Tahrir Square on 8 July, launching what they termed the Egyptian revolution's second wave. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)






The martyrs’ rights:

  • The public trial of all the officers who killed protesters
  • Especially designated civilian courts
  • Immediate suspension of all officers implicated
  • Reparations for the martyrs’ families


 + Suspect officers currently under investigation

 + Those awaiting trial reassigned work
     away from the public

 + The Higher Justice Council agreed to
     broadcast trials

 + A fund set up for the martyrs’ families


Trial of Mubarak and regime figures:

  • The public trial of Mubarak and his regime
  • Prosecution for political as well as corruption crimes

 + The Higher Justice Council agreed to
     broadcast trials

 + Mubarak yet to face charges of political


Military Trials:

  • Civilians must not be tried in military courts
  • Military rulings against civilians must be annulled and the trials repeated in civilian courts

 SCAF has not taken any action regarding
  this demand


Anti-Strike Law, New Parties Law and New Parliamentary Law:

  • All three laws must be revoked

 SCAF has not taken any action regarding
 this demand


State Budget:

  • Scrapping the 2011/2012 budget
  • Drawing up a new fairer budget to improve distribution of wealth
  • Presenting the new budget for public debate


  +  Budget will not be amended, according to
      new finance minister

  +  Welfare spending reduced to reduce deficit

  +  No public debate

 +  Mubarak’s notorious privatisation programme


Power of the Supreme Council for Armed Forces

  • SCAF’s power must be checked
  • Cabinet should have more power

  + Cabinet reshuffle replacing 14 ministers

  + Hazem Abdel Azim, a pro-revolution
     candidate for the ministry of communication,
     not allowed in the cabinet, reportedly on the
     basis of "security bodies' reports"


Restructuring the Ministry of Interior:

  • Replacing current minister with a civilian minister
  • Announcing a timed restructuring plan
  • Instituting full judiciary supervision
  • Dismissal and prosecution of personnel involved in torture

 + Ministry announced the biggest reshuffle in its
    history, removing nearly 600 of its top

 + Minister not replaced in cabinet reshuffle


Purging key posts:

  • Dismissing the current prosecutor general and the chairman of the central auditing organisation

 SCAF has not taken any action regarding
 this demand



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