Day 7: Tahrir Square Revolution

The latest round of protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square have entered a seventh day and are heating up – again.

Chana Ya'ar, | updated: 15:40

Egypt street protest.
Egypt street protest.
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons by Mona

The latest round of protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square have entered a seventh day and are showing signs of heating up, with protesters calling for the ouster of the head of the ruling military council, and in fact, the replacement of the entire transitional government.

Demonstrators across the entire capital, in fact, erupted in anger Tuesday night after the country's Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) issued a statement calling on “honorable Egyptian citizens to stand against attempts to hinder the restoration of normal life .. and to stand against any rumors.”

Protesters described the speech as “stupid” and said it echoed those heard in the days of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Thousands marched in downtown Cairo Tuesday night. Khaled Essawy of the Youth Movement for Freedom and Justice, told the crowd from a stage in front of the Mugama'a, “We are here because of two speeches. [Prime Minister] Essam Sharaf's speech yesterday, which reminds me of Mubarak's second speech, ands [SCAF spokesperson Mohsen] al-Fangary's speech from today in which he threatened revolutionary youth...

“We don't succumb to any threats. We don't give SCAF requests. We give them orders that come from the people,” Essawy proclaimed.

Al-Fangary, deputy defense minister and spokesperson for the SCAF, had said authorities would take measures against protests that disrupt public order.

Protesters called for the ouster of Hussein Tantawi, head of the SCAF, while military police trucks surrounded the Cabinet building.

By late Tuesday night, flyers had appeared in Tahrir Square, calling for the ouster of the ruling military council itself and establishment of a presidential council to rule Egypt.

The flyers, distributed by an unknown group, demanded the new council be comprised of current candidates Mohamed ElBaradei, Abdel Monim Aboul Fottouh, Hussam Eissa, Nasser Abdel Hameed and a representative from the military, according to the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm.

The SCAF continued to maintain it would use “all means available” to deal with the open sit-in at Tahrir Square that began July 8, said General Mahmoud Hegazy at a news conference late Tuesday. However, he added, the SCAF would not use violence.

“The Armed Forces' duty is to protect the people, not kill them,” he said. “There might be individual cases where soldiers use violence against the people, but these cases are dealt with firmly,” the Daily News Egypt reported. 




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