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Mass protests in Egypt’s Tahrir demand dismantling of the regime

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2011

Al-Ahram

25th February, 2011

Hundred of thousands of protesters are in Tahrir Square demanding the dismantling of the regime and the former ruling National Democratic Party.

 

The protesters performed the Friday’s prayers, then a Christian mass was held, after which demonstrators chanted “Muslims and Christians are one”.

Today is dubbed “Cleansing Friday…Protect the Revolution,” day. Protesters are insisting that while President Mubarak stepped down on February 11, the regime itself is not yet “cleansed” and many representatives of the old regime remain in power.

Before the prayers, patriotic songs were blaring from loudspeakers and protesters were waving Egyptian flags. Flyers telling people to write their own revolution with the link http://www.dostour2011.com were also being handed out.

There have been calls from several youth and pro-change groups to continue the protests in Tahrir Square until all the demands of the January 25 revolution are met. The demands include the dissolution of the Ahmed Shafiq government, cancellation of the country’s state security intelligence, lifting the state of emergency, creation of a presidential council made up of two civilians and one army officer, and the immediate release of all political prisoners.

Today protesters also demanded that Mubarak is put on trial and that all of his assets, and those of his wife and sons are frozen and that the money is returned to the national treasury.

They also called for many of the faces of the old regime, including Safwat El Sherif, Fathy Sorour, Zakria Azmy, Mofeed Shehab, Ahmed Fathy Srour, to be put on trial and their assets also frozen.

Wael Ghonim, the young Google executive who spearheaded the 25 January revolution and Mohamed El Beltagy, the senior Muslim Brotherhood (MB) official linked hands and chanted “we are all one hand”.

During last Friday’s protests, the MB were accused of stopping Ghonim from addressing the crowd.

Many of the protesters are also waving Libyan flags and chanting solidarity slogans with the Libyan revolution and Yemeni uprising. Organisers estimate that there are over 100,000 protesters in Tahrir now

 

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