Demonstrators have descended on downtown Cairo demanding the military rulers speed up the transition to democratic government.
Egyptians have been subject to emergency laws, which former leader Hosni Mubarak once used against his opposition. The crowds are angry it is taking so long to institute the democratic government they fought so hard for.
Mahmoud Al Khodiry, a lawyer in the city, was emphatic: “We are here today because we want the emergency laws to be lifted. We also want a new law that prevents candidates from the dissolved ruling party from being re-elected in the upcoming elections.”
Sahar Hafez, an artist also taking part in the protests, said she was concerned that the Prime Minister would become less popular: “The last six months have worried people who’ve lost faith in the military council and might soon lose faith in Essam Sharaf.”
Sharaf, the Egyptian Prime Minister, is under increasing pressure and the military council has announced elections will take place on November 28.
This day of action is being dubbed the ‘Friday of Reclaiming the Revolution’. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political force, said it would not take part, but many youth members defied the group.