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Demos call for Egypt's military to stand down

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Demos call for Egypt's military to stand down


Egypt has seen major street demonstrations to express fury at the deaths of 17 people in protests over the past week.

The biggest was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where demonstrators also called for the military leadership to stand down and to bring presidential elections forward.

They are angry that troops clubbed women and men in recent days’ protests even as they lay on the ground.

There were calls for the soldiers involved to be tried, and for the head of the Army Council, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to be held accountable.

Protester Samah Abdul Aziz said: “I don’t care who is in charge. I want you to prove to me, Mr Tantawi, which ones of the 17 people who died in the square were dangerous or criminal. My nephew was 19 years old and died in the square while he was at work.”

The military took over ten months ago after the fall of Mubarak but they have been accused of deliberately slowing down a handover of power to an elected civilian administration.

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