(via eagainst) Egypt: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir last Friday in one of the biggest demonstrations since February 18th, when millions took over Egypt to celebrate the fall of Mubarak, demanding the army to relinquish power over the citizens and press and the former President Hosni Mubarak to be brought to justice. The army, which ruled Egypt since February 11, has become the target of protesters who say the generals are in agreement with the remnants of the Mubarak regime. The protestors claim that The Military Council is an integral part of Mubarak’s corrupt regime. Military officers who have benefited from Mubarak for more than 30 years are robbing the Egyptian people. The outrage grew when Friday night to Saturday morning, the army tried to remove the protestors from Tahrir Square during curfew hours, between 2-5 p.m. Troops and police used rubber bullets and batons. Sounds of gunfire were heard across the square at night.
Medical sources reported that two men died and 15 were wounded by gunfire. State television said one person was killed and 71 injured. The army encountered resistance when they tried to evacuate the square from a few thousand hardy protesters, who stayed up late Friday. Some protesters demand the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to hand over power to a political council and called for the resignation of its leader Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Some protesters placed barbed wire that had been left unused by the army on the surrounding roads leading to the square. As they had done during protests to oust Mubarak, the protesters began their investigation of the identities of those entering Tahrir. (Source: Athens Indymedia)