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'Third Square' protest in Alexandria calls for end to military rule

The new movement opposes both the Muslim Brotherhood and the involvement of the military in politics

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Aug 2013

Dozens of activists from the “Third Square” movement gathered Wednesday in front of the University of Alexandria to denounce what they describe as military control of the state, Ahram's Arabic website reported.

The “Third Square” movement is a new campaign which opposes both the Muslim Brotherhood and the military which removed the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi from the presidency.

Mahmoud Eleiba, the movement’s coordinator in the Mediterranean governorate of Alexandria, said that the gathering is intended to call for the “prosecution of all the officials who corrupted political life in Egypt or had their hands stained with [Egyptian] blood, be they army, feloul [remnants of Mubarak’s regime], or the Muslim Brotherhood.”

He has also stressed the need to “purge” the interior ministry, especially after the return of the departments to combat extremism and monitor political and religious activities, and of officials who served under Mubarak's notorious interior minister Habib El-Adly.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced on Saturday that the departments, which were shut down after the 2011 revolution, were being restored.  

Eleiba also called for presidential elections to be held within three months, criticising the current roadmap set in place by the military for having no set dates for the transitional period.

The roadmap, announced on 3 July after the removal of Morsi from office, mandates that the 2012 constitution be amended, to be followed by parliamentary and then presidential elections. 

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