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Tahrir protesters commemorate 'Day of Rage'

Thousands of protesters march in and around Tahrir Square to commemorate the 28 January protests, on which day hundreds died at the hands of Mubarak's police

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Jan 2012
Kasr El-Nile Bridge, packed with protesters, as it was being attacked by riot police on 28 January 2011 (Photo:Reuters)

Saturday marked the first anniversary of the 28 January “Day of Rage,” when tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, challenging police forces of the entrenched Mubarak regime in the 25 January uprising's first dramatic turn.

Revolutionaries planned different events to commemorate the lives of hundreds of protesters who were killed on 28 January 2011, a day that ended with the withdrawal of the police from the streets and the mobilisation of the army, making many believe that the protests had become an unfolding revolution.

Thousands gathered for afternoon prayers on Qasr El-Nil Bridge to pray for the martyrs, before marching to Tahrir Square, chanting against the currently ruling military council, demanding the trial of those responsible for killing peaceful protesters.

Protesters then marched towards Maspero, where hundreds have staged a sit-in since Wednesday night, demanding state media be cleansed of corrupt figures and become independent from state authorities.

The Muslim Brotherhood, on the other hand, withdrew from Tahrir Square after holding a podium there since Wednesday, and after clashing with other protesters over whether the Brotherhood is celebrating while the revolution has not yet achieved its goals, nor punished the murderers of protesters.

The April 6 Movement (Democratic Front) released a statement informing that the group will be withdrawing from Tahrir Square to focus on rallies around Cairo and reaching out to people in the coming days.

It is still unknown if the Maspero sit-in will develop its numbers or if protesting groups will withdraw.

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