Anti-government campaigners have clashed with police on the streets of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The violence broke out during demonstrations by dozens of members of the grassroots Kefaya movement. The protestors want plans for a referendum on changes to Egypt’s constitution to be abandoned. “Today marks two years of Kefaya, and we want our concerns raised in the Supreme Court. When we are all assembled, that’s where we will head for,” said one demonstrator. However, analysts suggest Kefaya’s failure to turn out in the large numbers seen in 2005 is a sign that its influence is waning.
Kefaya is a diverse group, protesting against issues ranging from inflation to torture. The movement rose to prominence last year when it opposed a fifth six-year term for President Hosni Mubarak. It claims the planned constitutional changes pave the way for a possible inheritance of power by Mubarak’s son, avoiding the usual legislative procedure.