Egyptians not satisfied with the change of faces , they want changes in system
Tens of thousands of protesters marched to Liberation square on the day they dubbed the “Day of Trial and Cleansing,” a Press TV correspondent reported.
Protesters demanded the prosecution of officials belonging to the former regime –mainly the ousted president Mubarak and his family.
They accuse the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces — now in power — of corruption and thwarting the goals of the revolution.
Protesters have promised to continue their mass demonstrations until their demands for social reforms are met and former regime figures are tried. They also want the army to hand over power to a civilian government as part of the promised reforms.
The protests come weeks after Mubarak handed over power to Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Tantawi.
Activists demand the release of political prisoners, the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency and the disbandment of the military court.
Egyptians say that they are skeptical about a rapid transition towards democracy and civilian rule and maintain that demonstrations will continue until all their demands are met.
Egypt’s army has recently promised to lift the emergency rule ahead of the slated parliamentary and presidential elections.
This comes as people across the Arab world are holding another day of rage against their autocratic rulers. People in several Arab countries are holding mass anti-government rallies.
Muhammad Taman, a spokesman for the January 25 Coalition, told CNN the diverse collection of political groups are demanding Egyptian authorities bring ousted president Hosni Mubarak before a court for his alleged role in the deaths of hundreds of activists last January and February and on corruption charges.
If Mubarak is not prosecuted, Taman said, activists are prepared to organize a march towards the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where Mubarak has been living on his estate since he stepped down from office on February 11.
“This is the army’s last chance,” Taman warned.
Mubarak’s eldest son, Gamal, is expected to appear before the Justice Ministry’s Illicit Profiteering Committee on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mubarak’s long-time chief of staff, Zakaria Azmi, was questioned and then arrested on Thursday by Egypt’s general prosecutor. Azmi is being investigated for alleged corrupt activities. He was shown on Egyptian television Friday being escorted to a vehicle by uniformed Egyptian police while bystanders chanted, “Thief, thief!”
Investigators also began to question another senior regime insider, former ruling party chief, Safwat el-Sharif. Days earlier, Egypt’s former housing minister, Mohammed Ibrahim Suleiman, was arrested on suspicion he was involved in the illegal sale of state lands for cut-rate prices.