It had been dubbed the ‘Friday of the Final Warning’ and an air of revolution returned to Cairo’s central Tahrir Square as thousands demand a swifter purge of Egypt’s political old guard.
For them, the optimism of a bright, new, post-Mubarak era has faded fast. “The most important thing is social justice,” said protester Adel Ali. “Find jobs for unemployed people, if the people find jobs, you won’t see anyone in the square.”
Some have even gone on hunger strke. “This is my third day,” said Hannan Ali. Her demands include the removal of the General Prosecutor and the creation of a presidential council run by civilians rather than Egypt’s current military rulers.
Officials have responded with a mix of threats and concessions. Pledging to go nowhere after a week of rallies now, demonstrators said they just wanted the revolutionary promise to be fulfilled.