25 January 2013

Egypt: Locals Start Rallying On Uprising Anniversary

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Amid fears and warnings of violence, Egypt is witnessing demonstrations on Friday on the second anniversary of the January 25 uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak's regime and forced him to step down after ruling the country for almost three decades.

Today's demonstrations aim to express the growing popular frustration at the failure of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood to achieve economic stability following two years of turbulences.

Oppositionist powers will address Mursi to demand completing the goals of the January revolution which are "bread... freedom... human dignity... social justice".

Brotherhood members and pro-Mursi demonstrators will not be present at Cairo's Tahrir Square as the opposition plans to demonstrate against the president's policies.

The demonstrations are scheduled to start immediately after the Friday noon prayers under the slogan "The Revolution Continues until its Goals are Achieved".

Revolutionary powers and movements will organise several marches in Cairo, some of which will head to Tahrir Square while the rest will head to the presidential palace.

A number of governorates also plan to demonstrate in their main squares.

The parties participating in today's demonstrations include the Constitution Party, the Popular Alliance Party, the Egyptian Democratic Party, al-Adl Party, the Free Egyptians Party, al-Tagammu Party, al-Wafd Party, and al-Karama Party.

Several revolutionary powers will also take part in the planned protests such as April 6 Movement with its two fronts, the Popular Current, the National Association for Change, Kefaya movement, the Revolution's Youth Union, and Maspero Youth Union.

Marches in the eastern Cairo area will head from al-Sa'a Square and al-Nour Mosque in Abbasiya to the presidential palace, al-Masry al-Youm newspaper reported.

The Popular Alliance Party said it will take part in the demonstrations under the title "Down with the Brotherhood's State".

Two marches in Alexandria will start from the al-Qiddisin Church (the Two Saints Church) and Sharq al-Madina Mosque headed to al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque.

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