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Egyptian protesters return to Tahrir

Friday, September 09, 2011 - 01:54

Sept. 9 - Thousands gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanding a faster pace of reform in Egypt under the billing, ''Correcting the Path'' of the revolution. Nick Rowlands reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE**~ Thousands of protesters gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square after Friday prayers to demand a faster pace of reform. After a lull in protests during the holy month of Ramadan, people have taken to the streets calling for a clearer road map to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians. This woman chants, "Hold your head high, you are Egyptian, I would die for Egypt to prevail." The police and military - who have recently been occupying the square - were nowhere to be seen. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, ASHRAF GABER: ''Today is called the Friday to correct the revolution's path. In the past few months we have all noticed that life in Egypt has not changed since before January 25th. So, the Egyptian people have decided, after Ramadan, to reassert themselves on the streets, in order to correct the path of the revolution, which is a path of reform that the revolution should never waver from.'' Egyptians are angry at the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, which took power after Mubarak fell, over the lack of reform. Some believe they are secretly plotting behind the scenes to remain in control after the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the Supreme Council, has been called to testify on Sunday in the case of former president Hosni Mubarak. Around 850 people died during the uprising which ousted Mubarak, and he is charged with ordering the killing of protesters. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Egyptian protesters return to Tahrir

Friday, September 09, 2011 - 01:54