Protesters vow to shut down Tahrir Square on Saturday

Ahram Online, Friday 20 Jan 2012

Five days before the year anniversary of Egypt's revolution, protesters in Tahrir Square say they will occupy the square until the ruling military council hands over power

Protesters in Tahrir announce that they will shut down the square starting Saturday until the military council hands over power to a civilian authority.

The protesters also announced that if the military council were to step down that they would place Judge Hossam El-Gheriany to lead Egypt as transitional president until June, when the presidential elections are due.

Protesters are currently occupying the square in a mass rally called the Friday of Martyr's Dream, where they are dressed in black to mourn the lives lost throughout the revolution. The protesters are preparing to mark the year anniversary of Egypt's revolution, on 25 January, with grievances that there has not been enough progress in democracy, cleaning out corruption, torture and heavy-handedness and a slew of other revolutionary demands.

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