Sunday, April 10, 2011

Incidents and demonstrators opposed to military Tahrir Square, Cairo

Clashes erupted in the night from Friday to Saturday on Tahrir Square in Cairo where the Egyptian army intervened to disperse demonstrators. Tens of thousands of people gathered yesterday on the square became the symbol of the Egyptian revolution demand a lawsuit against Hosni Mubarak criticized the military authorities, who took the reins of the country, their slowness in the fight against corruption.

Two men were shot dead after the intervention of the Egyptian army to disperse the demonstrators, officials said Saturday from medical sources. In the evening, the Egyptian security forces have surrounded the square, fired into the air, have made use of stun guns and batons and arrests to disperse protesters last, according to a witness interviewed by telephone.

But hundreds of activists remained on the scene, challenging the police. A bus and an army truck was burned and stones were thrown by protesters. In the early morning Saturday, no signs of military presence was visible around the place. "Thank God we have kept their head and we're still here," said one protester.

Protesters said they wanted to stay in place until the Marshal Tantawi, who heads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (AFSC) was in place. The AFSC has power since the fall of Mr. Mubarak's February 11. Marshal Tantawi, 75, has spent 20 years as defense minister of the ousted president.

The army has forcibly dispersed a previous event on Tahrir Square after the overthrow Mubarak. She apologized the next day, claiming that no order had been given for this procedure. The Supreme Council of the armed forces has scheduled parliamentary elections in September. A presidential election will follow in October or November, and the army announced it would give power to a civilian government.

Tahrir Square was the epicenter of the protests that led to the February 11 departure of President Hosni Mubarak after eighteen days of mobilization. The army enjoys broad support among the population since it took direct control of the country, promising to hand over power to an elected civilian government.

But it is also increasingly contested and it is especially criticized the slow implementation of the legal proceedings against Hosni Mubarak. The former president, 82 years old, and his family live in the resort of Sharm el Sheikh since leaving Cairo. They are forbidden to leave Egypt.

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