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Tens of thousands protest in Egypt

Posted by admin On November - 18 - 2011

Rally called by both Islamist and secular groups aimed at pressing military rulers to hand power to civilian government
The rally in Tahrir Square was called over a controversial document floated by the government [Malika Bilal/Al Jazeera]

Tens of thousands of Islamist and secular protesters have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in Alexandria for a mass rally to press the ruling military to hand power to a civilian government.

Friday’s demonstration, dubbed as “Friday of One Demand” was called over a document floated by the government which declares the military the guardian of “constitutional legitimacy”, suggesting the armed forces could have the final word on major policies.

The Muslim Brotherhood says the document reinforces “dictatorship” and has promised an escalation if it is not shelved.

While Friday’s protest will draw different political stripes under different banners, the unifying call is for the military to hand power to a civilian government as soon as possible.

The powerful Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party led the call for the protest.

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