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Day Four as Tahrir Square Protests Renew

Monday was Day Four of another massive protest by the youth of Egypt as hundreds filled the streets around Cairo's Tahrir Square.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/11/2011, 9:40 PM / Last Update: 7/12/2011, 4:14 AM

Monday was Day Four of massive protests that have again filled the streets around Cairo's Tahrir Square, bringing traffic to a standstill and by some accounts, annoying Egyptians who just wanted to get on with their day.

No police or soldiers of any kind appeared to be present in the area, journalists on the scene reported.

More than 2,000 mostly young protesters vowed to continue the demonstrations until there is “change.” But other than calling for the jailing of all those responsible for the more than 840 deaths during the revolution earlier this year, they were not clear about what kind of “change” they really want.

“I will continue to protest until the demands of the revolution are met,” 23-year-old John Noshy told a Reuters reporter. “It is not fair that those who killed the protesters are still sitting in their offices... and have not been tried and sentenced yet.”

A banner hung at one entrance to the square proclaimed the passions of those within: “Revolution first and if needed we are ready to sacrifice with our souls and whatever is precious for the revolution to continue and not be stolen.”

More than 1,000 demonstrators were injured during clashes in Tahrir Square last month after police fired huge numbers of tear gas canisters at the mob, Gulf News reported.

Over the weekend, the government announced it had suspended all police officers who are accused of killing demonstrators during the revolution which toppled the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.