Tahrir Square protests flair once more


A massive demonstration was held in Tahrir Square again last Friday but this time many of the protesters remained and were still there on Sunday.

They are angry with the supreme military council and the interim government for their lack of action over implementing a minimum wage, prosecuting policemen accused of killing protesters during the revolution and purging the judiciary and media of former government officials. They also want an end to the military trials of civilians.

The interim prime minister, Essam Sharaf, appeared on television on Sunday promising action but if anything this seemed to inflame protesters who have pledged to get more people out on the streets.

As if to demonstrate the internal problems within the government, Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy said that he would not dismiss police officers accused of killing protesters as the prime minister had instructed. The reason he gave was that he was not permitted to dismiss but could only suspend and if pushed he would resign.

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