19 October 2012

Egypt: Thousands Protests in Tahrir Against Muslim Brotherhood Domination

Thousands of Egyptians protested on Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other squares against what liberals and leftists called the domination of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Protesters held banners declaring their rejection for the constitution-drafting body in addition to other demands.

They also chanted slogans such as "Down with the rule of the guide" in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood's General Guide.

A platform erected in the square was run by activist Gameela Ismail who hosted a number of activists addressing the people including member of the dissolved People's Assembly Ziad al-Elemy.

"We are here today to tell any ruler ... that you are a transitional president, you run a transitional phase ... you will not take over institutions. No to the takeover of institutions," Ismail said.

A leaflet entitled "Egypt is not an estate ... Egypt belongs to all Egyptians" and distributed in the square said "We demand a constitution that protects our rights and guarantees that the people are part of the decision-making process, not a constitution written for one group."

The Revolutionary Democratic Alliance distributed another leaflet calling on people to adhere to what it called the revolution's goals which are "a constitution for all Egyptians, achieving social justice, the right to education and health" in addition to other goals including "justice for the martyrs, the independence of the judiciary and the media, cleansing and developing the state institutions and the right to form syndicates without guardianship."

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