In an online call posted on a social network, the Coalition of the Revolution Youth urged rallies across the country aimed at reigniting the “Friday of Anger” demonstrations that led to the collapse of former President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule, Egypt’s newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Thursday.
According to the coalition, protesters demanded speeding up trials of former regime’s figures, drafting a new constitution before the parliamentary elections, releasing of political detainees and putting an end to the use of excessive force against civilians.
The activists also say economic demands as well as return of all fortunes stolen by Mubarak’s figures would take the center stage in the protests.
The Alliance of Revolutionary Forces, which includes 58 youth groups, said the rallies would be followed by an open-ended sit-in protest to express discontent with the performance of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities arrested at least three activists for putting up posters calling for Friday’s protests.
Twelve groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, said the protests on May 27 were not in the interests of the people and would instead fan the flames of unrest in the North African country.
On Thursday, an Egyptian court sentenced the country’s former Housing Minister Ahmed al-Maghrabi to five years in prison and fined him over an illegal land deal.
Judge Assem Abdul Hamid Nasr found Maghrabi guilty of the illegal acquisition of public property and wasting public funds worth around USD 12 million.