Thousands of Egyptian protesters join 'Last Warning Friday'

11:58, July 16, 2011      

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Thousands of Egyptians converged in central Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday morning, joining a rally pressing the military rulers to meet their remaining demands and speed up reforms.

More than 20 political parties and groups have called on the people in several main cities, including Alexandria and Suez, to participate in the "Last Warning Friday."

Angry protesters had continued the open-ended sit-in in the Tahrir Square for a week since July 8, vowing not to leave until their key demands were met, which include speedy and public trials of former officials, swiftly transferring former President Hosni Mubarak to the Tora prison hospital and trying those accused of killing protesters during the 18-day anti-government demonstrations.

They also called for the resignation of high-level officials of justice authorities, including the prosecutor general and the justice minister, as well as releasing all political detainees.

Egyptian Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawi announced the biggest reshuffle ever happened in the police forces on Wednesday, which included the dismissal of more than 600 police officers, to cool down protesters, meanwhile Prime Minister Essam Sharaf vowed on Monday a radical cabinet reshuffle within one week in response to the people's demands amid continued protests urging more reforms.

Source: Xinhua
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