Egyptian activists call for nationwide protests

2011-05-26 11:27

Egyptian activists, frustrated at the pace of democratic change, have called for nationwide protests dubbed “the second revolution” tomorrow but the country’s Islamists have vowed to stay away.

In a Facebook call, the Coalition of the Revolution Youth, which groups several movements behind the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, urged protesters to rally for “an end to political corruption.”

The activists want the acceleration of trials of former regime figures and their removal from top jobs in police, universities and other public institutions.

Protesters are also calling for a return of security forces to the streets, amid weeks of insecurity and sectarian clashes blamed on remnants of the old regime.

But the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest and most organised opposition movement said it was “very concerned” by the call for protest.
In a statement, the Brotherhood asked “who are the people angry with now?”

The group said the revolution had achieved many of its goals, including not only the ouster of Mubarak, but also his referral to trial along with his sons and associates.

The call to protest can therefore “only mean that the anger is directed at the people themselves or at the army,” said the Islamist group, urging protesters not to drive a wedge between the people and the army.

For weeks many activists have expressed frustration at the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power when Mubarak was ousted, for its handling of the transitional phase.

Activists say the military council has only agreed to put Mubarak and his sons on trial after intense street pressure, arguing that the momentum must be kept up to transition to full democracy.

On Monday, cyberactivists launched the “NO SCAF day,” which saw nearly 400 blogs publish posts criticising the military council which has also come under fire for alleged rights abuses.

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