Cairo: Rally to mark anniv of `Friday of Rage`
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Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012, 21:16
Cairo: Thousands of Egyptian protesters rallied at the iconic Tahrir square in the heart of the capital today to mark the anniversary of "Friday of Rage", which had fuelled the popular agitation against President Hosni Mubarak, leading to his ouster one year back.

The security forces had killed and wounded hundreds of protesters who had marched into the square amid massive protests against the Mubarak regime on January 27, 2011.

Even as the country held its landmark parliamentary elections, which was dominated by the Islamists including the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, there is growing anger that the ruling military council that took over after Mubarak was ousted has been slow to transfer power to the civilian leadership a year later.

They also seek trials for members of military council for the killing of protesters over the past months. The assembled people at the square raised slogans such as "down with military council".

"We can't celebrate when there's no justice for those killed," a 30-year-old Amr Sayyed said. "The Muslim Brotherhood is talking about justice, but not how or when."

"We the people are the red line" and "The people want the fall of the regime", said a protester, terming rally today as the "Friday of Pride and Dignity" and the "Second Friday of Anger."

Witnesses said that protesters began to gather outside Nour mosque in Abbasseya in preparation for another march to Tahrir, named after Mohamed Mohsen, who was killed in clashes in the capital last year.

Protesters carried banners and plycards: "Why are we governed by the military? Is Hosni coming back?" and "Bread, freedom, human dignity."

"Have we toppled the regime or are there some former figures still manipulating the fate of the nation?" said Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen, who often preaches during Friday protests in the square.

"The revolution has not fulfilled all of its goals," he underlined.

"I announce today, I did not come here in celebration, I came to call for fair retribution for those who killed our martyrs," Shaheen said, adding "We will not celebrate while our martyrs' blood has not yet dried."

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into the Square to mark the first anniversary of the historic uprising that toppled the longtime dictator, who was in power since 1981.

At least 846 people were killed and 6,000 injured during the January 25, 2011 uprising. The revolt took place in Cairo, Alexandria, and in other prominent Egyptian cities.

The ruling military council has announced the end of the state of emergency enforced since 1981 when Mubarak came to power.

The parliament, which met earlier this week announced the formation of a fact-finding committee to probe the incidents which took place since the eruption of the revolution last January.


First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 21:16

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