Multiple rallies planned for Egypt parliament’s first session
Randa Ali, Sunday 22 Jan 2012
Trade unions, artists and families of slain protesters among groups planning rallies to coincide with parliament’s first session

A number of rallies are scheduled to coincide with the first session of Egypt’s lower house of parliament on 23 January.

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions will rally for a law to permit the formation of independent trade unions, and the implementation of a new minimum and maximum wage.

Head of the federation and newly elected MP, Kamal Abu Eita, said: “Workers voted for MPs to represent their interests, and we will march to parliament to make sure workers’ rights are a priority.”

A separate rally by the Egyptian Creativity Front – a newly-formed group of artists and intellectuals – will call for the protection of freedom of expression and creativity under an Islamist-led government.

“Creativity was an important part of the revolution ... and it is unacceptable for any political force to impede freedom of expression,” said young filmmaker Omar El-Zohairy. “If you impede freedom of expression, you impede the revolution.”

A third rally, organised by the families of slain protesters, will depart from Abdel-Moneim Riyad Square to demand those responsible for their deaths face trial. Since the revolution began last year, only one person has been convicted of killing protesters, leaving hundreds of families angry and frustrated.

Another rally will depart from the high court to condemn the military trials of 12,000 civilians since the end of Mubarak’s reign.

A group called "The Poor First" will march from El-Mataria Square to demand the immediate transfer of power from the ruling military council to a civilian authority.