Minggu, 20 November 2011

Large scale Protests in Egypt

Massive protests against the military junta has swept over Egypt in Cairo and several major cities across the country, causing doubts about the feasibility of elections in just one week.

After a night of violence that killed two and injured more than 600, protests erupted in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, and further demonstrations were reported in the cities of Port Said, Tanta, Mansoura and Sohag. Suez, the center of major cities along the Suez Canal, protesters clashed with armed police who fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
Egyptian riot police face off with protesters in Tahrir Square who are demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government.

Meanwhile, in the capital, protesters still occupying Tahrir Square continues to fend off sporadic attacks by security forces. Fierce fighting was still going on the streets of the square, especially in the vicinity of the Interior Ministry, where a large contingent of riot troops to be placed drive demonstrators.

Critics of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power after the downfall of former President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, calling the ruling generals to set a date to return the country to civilian rule on the up. Parliamentary elections will begin on November 28, but under the current transition plan, the power of new MPs will be closely linked, the executive continues to be in Hull and still no date set for the presidential election.

Many activists ignore the promises of the military to defend the revolution. "Mubarak regime has not declined. Mubarak regime in full force," said Shady El-Ghazaly Harb, a prominent member of the Revolutionary Youth Coalition.

Egypt's Interior Ministry said its troops had acted "admirable" self-control, despite eyewitness reports some police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and steel "bird shot" pellets pattern directly into the crowd of armored vehicles, often with human height. In a statement, said Saturday morning forced evacuation Tahrir Square, where the clashes that followed prompted, is "the public interest for public interest and reduce congestion." Interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, himself the target of public anger, invited the protesters to leave the square.

A member of SCAF, General Mohsen el-Fangari, taking the air on Saturday night for the protesters complained. "What's the point in Tahrir?" He said, speaking by telephone to a famous TV channel Al-Hayat. "What's the point of this strike, the velocity million ... The purpose of what is going to shake the backbone of the country, the armed forces."

He added: "If security is not running, we will rule Whoever works evil will not pay to run it.".

Uncertainty about whether the parliamentary polls would go as planned, some candidates have announced that they were suspending their campaigns. Mahmoud Gozlan, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which is the biggest winner in the new parliament, said the new effort by the interim government to force through a series of "supra-constitutional" principles that can surely build army control of political life is "I" planted on the road to democracy. But he did not comment on whether or not the Brotherhood's electoral vehicle, Freedom and Justice party, he will continue the campaign.

The military said that working with police to ensure voices are still safe, and a national action plan is a "disorder" or "vandalism" to avoid.

Mahmoud Salem, a prominent blogger who is running for parliament, but now it suspended his campaign, said: "All options are on the table, but at this point - the date in Egypt - one can see whether the military council may withdraw from this election.

"I'm in the eyes of the hospital right now with my friend Malek Mustafa, who was shot in the head by police with a cartridge, pellet, and is likely to lose the eye. How can I go?"

The problem began on Saturday, when riot police moved into the tent after a major event that invites SCAF to the country to spread the return of civil rule. The protesters managed to repel the security forces of the square and arrested one of their trucks. The crowd jumped in the car, singing "The interior ministry are criminals," and called for the fall of Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, de facto leader of the country after the departure of Mubarak. It then burned.

Mid-afternoon the police had returned to Tahrir greater in number and began shooting armored vehicles. Like night and wearing Tahrir control moves back and forth between security forces and demonstrators, clashes paid for the roads and along some main streets downtown Cairo.

"The scene recall Friday of anger," said journalist and activist Hossam el-change pro-Hamalawy, referring to the 28-day strike in January Mubarak's security forces, demonstrators from the streets during the uprising. "We are exposed to rain of tear gas made in the United States, and I saw with my own eyes at least five people were hit by rubber bullets."

Many have expressed skepticism about the elections, saying they are designed to control the country's military, but most insisted he still wanted to choose to move forward. "The generals wanted to rule Egypt, but this is our revolution", said Ahmed Mohamed, 24, an accountant. "Look around -. Can not you see a lot of parties or political candidates who compete, only to see the Egyptians down to the people from their homes in the struggle to close, we will fight against the remnants of the Mubarak regime to hold on to power time , and both this and the election is part of the process. "

Last Friday, a group of prominent intellectuals, including former UN Secretary-General Mohamed ElBaradei's nuclear weapons, presented an alternative plan that delays the transition from parliamentary elections to be meaningful, and took control of the executive power of the Egyptian forces, while the new Constitution was designed.

The ruling generals have not responded to proposals

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