Cairo: In what is being dubbed as a
"second revolution", Egyptian activists are planning to stage
a huge rally on Friday, targeting the military rulers for being
slow on implementing the democratic transition process, even
as signs of a rift appear in the protest movement.
Protesters are terming the rally, to be held in
Cairo`s iconic Tahrir Square, as "second revolution" and a
"Friday of Rage".
The Supreme Council of Armed Forces, who took over the
reins of power from the ousted President Hosni Mubarak and is
responsible for reforms, are conducting slow trials of former
security figures in the Mubarak regime, the activists claimed.
Muslim Brotherhood, one of the most organised
political forces in Egypt, and the conservative Salafis, have
announced their non-participation in the rally, while the
Church and liberals will take part in the protest.
Cancellation of military courts for civilians,
putting Mubarak and other corrupt figures on trial for
treason, placing a minimum and maximum wage for the public
sector and return of police to function under judicial
supervision, are some of the demands made by the protesters.
The achievements of the Egyptian revolution in the
past three-and-a-half months have not been satisfactory, they
said. During the past week, the Army has been issuing
warnings of possible violence during protests.
Yesterday night the Army said it will act as a
spectator protecting critical establishments, while the
demonstrations are to be protected by the activists
Currently under the military leadership, Egypt is in a
transitional phase ever since a mass uprising overthrew the
three-decade old authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak in
83-year-old Mubarak and his two sons have been ordered
to stand trial in a criminal court for killing protesters
during the January mass uprising, which led to his ouster, and
allegations of corruption.
Earlier in the month, Egypt`s once feared former
interior minister, Habib al-Adly, was sentenced to 12 years in
jail for corruption, in the first trial of a minister from the