|AP / Khalil Hamra|
Protesters chant slogans Friday in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
Last February, ushering in the storied Arab Spring, Egyptians poured into the streets to clamor for change—regime change, which led to the ousting of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. On Friday, protesters again flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square, this time to call on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to let the people rule. —KA
‘World Now’ in the Los Angeles Times:
The protest came nearly one week ahead of parliamentary elections and was another troubling sign that Egypt has yet to find a path toward a viable democracy. The military has expanded martial law and locked up bloggers and dissidents.
The generals want to “abort the revolution,” said Ibrahim Yehia, a 23-year-old university engineering graduate and Muslim Brotherhood member. “They’re causing strife among Egyptians, and they want to marginalize everyone ... so they can say we’re not ready for democracy and justify staying in power.”
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