Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Egypt braces for million-man rally

Egypt's January 25 coalition has called on fellow citizens to participate in another million-man rally.

Source: Press TV

Egyptians have prepared for another million-man rally to “save the revolution” as officials loyal to the ousted regime of President Hosni Mubarak still hold on to power.

The January 25 coalition called on fellow citizens to participate in the demonstrations on Friday, warning that true reform only comes with the trial of the 'corrupt' officials of the Mubarak regime, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The anti-government protesters will also call on Egyptian officials loyal to beleaguered Mubarak to leave office immediately.

The movement said it is provocative to see officials belonging to the previous regime on TV interviews.

Egyptians, who led the wave of popular protests that overthrew Mubarak on February 11, want a radically new constitution that would break the total control the presidency held over the government during Mubarak's rule.

The announcement for the rally comes as the country's controversial emergency law is to be removed before the parliamentary elections set for September.

The emergency law, in place since former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated and Mubarak assumed power, allows authorities unfettered powers to arrest people without charge and ban protests.

It also ended up giving Mubarak powers to crackdown on the opposition.

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which placed Mubarak and his family under house arrest on Monday, has come under pressure to hand over power to a civilian government.

Activists have demanded the release of political prisoners, the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency and the disbandment of military court.

More than 380 protesters were killed during the demonstrations which kicked off on Jan. 25 and ended by forcing Mubarak to abandon power on Feb. 11.

Thousands of demonstrators were also injured during the protests when police forces fired rubber bullets, live ammunition, water cannon and tear gas at peaceful protesters.

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