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Egyptians protest against military rule

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Egyptians protest against military rule


Thousands of people have been protesting in Egypt’s Tahrir Square against continued army rule.

It comes after the government tried to guarantee the military’s role in a constitutional proposal.

An estimated 50,000 people turned out in scenes reminiscent of the bloody uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in Feburary.

Many of those who joined the rally say ensuring a role for Egypt’s army will be a significant step backwards for democracy.

“Egypt’s military ruler is part of the old regime. He doesn’t care much for the people, we urge him to resign,” said protester Hilal Mohamed.

The mass rally was dominated by the country’s best-organised political group, the Muslim Brotherhood. It wants the constitutional proposal withdrawn and elections to be held in April 2012.

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