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National Accord, Danger Threatening Revolution Uniting Egyptians in Tahrir Square
National Accord, Danger Threatening Revolution Uniting Egyptians in Tahrir Square
It was the January 25 revolution all over again, Friday, when all Egypt’s political and revolutionary parties, groups and movements marched onto Tahrir Square in scenes vividly reminiscent of those first crucial days of the country’s great revolution.
Saturday, April 21,2012 18:18

Tahrir Square in Cairo regained its revolutionary colors once again with the ‘Save the Revolution and Self-Determination’ million-man protest marches, which began Friday morning with an influx of hundreds of thousands of people from all the provinces of Egypt.

Demonstrators demanding that the handover of power be on 30 June 2012 as scheduled, announced their refusal to any attempts to postpone the presidential election, ignore the demands of the revolution or prolong the transitional period under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

Tahrir Square was packed way beyond capacity, with masses of people overflowing from inside the Square over to Abdel-Moneim Riad Square, onto Nasr-Alnil Bridge, Talaat Harb Square and Qasr Aleini Street.

There were even more huge masses marching from start points near mosques and various parts of Cairo, such as Khazindar in Shubra, Sayyeda Zainab, and Annour in Abbassiya, Al-Fateh in Ramses – all headed towards Tahrir Square. But it certainly looked like they would need another square to accommodate all the people taking part in these protests.

People witnessed the return of several features from the January 25 Revolution to Tahrir Square on Friday, including the predominance of national flags in the hands of demonstrators, more than partisan banners, flags and posters.

Everyone in the square raised the Egyptian flag, repeating chants of the first revolution (Bread .. Freedom .. Social justice, Lift your head up, you are Egyptian), with painters returning to draw the Egyptian flag on the faces of young people and children partaking in today's million-man carnival dearly missed in the square in previous calls for such massive protests.

The scene in its entirety, in Tahrir Square, gave the impression to thinkers, opinion makers and political analysts in Egypt that there is a broad consensus and a perception of danger to the revolution that united all the spectra of the Egyptian people.

MP Mohamed Abdel-Moneim El-Sawy, Chairman of the Culture, Information and Tourism Committee at the People’s Assembly, said that the scene of Tahrir Square today is the only guarantee for the continuation of the revolution, the fulfillment of its objectives, and removal of the remnants of the former regime.

El-Sawy called on the national and political parties and stakeholders to partake, persist, and restore the revolutionary momentum until the handover to civilian rule is fully completed.

The esteemed MP said from atop the main stage in Tahrir Square today, during "Power Handover" million-man demonstration’s activities and events:  "The Egyptian people will continue to be the ultimate sovereign authority.

"Even after the handover of power to an elected civilian president in free and fair election, the demands of the Egyptian people – for which the people rose in the January 25 revolution – will continue to be right at the top of the new president’s priority list. And he will certainly endeavor to achieve those goals and demands."

 

tags: Tahrir / Revolution / Egypt / Presidential Election / SCAF / Former Regime / 25 Revolution / Egyptians / Egypt / Egyptian People / Demonstrators / Supreme Council / Abdel-Moneim Riad / Qasr-Alnil Bridge / Political Parties

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