(ANSAmed) – CAIRO, JULY 1 – Thousands of protesters, 10,000 according to some websites, have gathered in Tahrir Square to mark the “Friday of punishment and of martyrs”, a protest organised by young Egyptian revolutionaries and by the 6 April movement to demand trials against those who ordered the violent crackdown during the revolution of January and February and to show support for the families of around 800 “martyrs” killed over the period.
It has been a calm day in Cairo’s central square, after the violent incidents that took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A crowd of protesters gathered outside the Council of Ministers but did not attempt to break police lines, while another march attempted to reach the Interior Ministry, but was stopped by security forces. “The people want the death sentence for the murderer”, protesters cried, in reference to the former Interior Minister, Habib El Adly, while others called on the Prime Minister, Essam Sharaf, to “Come to the square”, the very place where he claimed upon taking office that he had received the legitimacy of the people. A number of relatives of young people killed during the anti-Mubarak uprising appeared on stage during the day.
A number of tents, many of them hastily improvised, have been set up in the centre of the square, in an echo of the January 25 revolution, while groups of protesters said that they were intending to spend the night there. (ANSAmed).