Friday, February 18, 2011

Two million Egyptians are celebrating the victory Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) - Millions of Egyptians celebrated Friday in the joy of their success "Revolution of the Nile", which led to the fall, a week ago today, President Hosni Mubarak, in power for 30 years.
According to the official news agency Mena, who had downplayed or outright ignored the strong popular mobilization during the 18 days that changed the history of Egypt, two million people gathered in Tahrir Square and its surroundings.
But apart from this great place in Cairo, which was the beating heart of the revolution, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the rest of the country at this "victory march" aimed to pay tribute to 365 victims repression.
Many protesters want insured remain vigilant against the army, which Hosni Mubarak has passed the torch before recluse at his residence in Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea, to avoid being robbed of their democratic movement.
The Supreme Council of the armed forces led by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Minister of Defense has suspended the Constitution, highly contested, and the parliament, elected in November in terms of issue, promising to return power to civilians after free elections within six months.
Tahrir Square, always guarded by tanks and armored vehicles and crisscrossed by the military police, the Egyptian preacher Youssef al-Qaradawi has called on the crowd during the big weekly prayer, to show patience with the military.
But the influential Sheikh based in Qatar, which supported the uprising early Egyptian in his sermons broadcast by the pan-Arab television channel Al Jazeera, has asked the army to rid the Egyptian government appointed by Mubarak at the start of crisis in early January.
A source close to security, we are assured that Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, himself a general, will announce Sunday or Monday a reorganization, where should enter opposition figures, hoping to reassure the protesters and back to work the land, gripped by a wave of strikes.
In his weekly message on the internet, Mohamed Badie, new leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian opposition movement the best structured, urged Egyptians to preserve their revolution against the "opportunists" who sought to "take her hostage, she and his achievements. "
Qaradawi, whose sermon was greeted by a crowd waving flags of Egypt, has also asked the youth to the origin of the uprising to "protect the revolution and its own unity." "Beware those who want to divide your ranks and corrupt your fraternity."
"This is a serious message at the military," said Mohamed el Said, a young resident of Port Said came to Cairo for this "victory march", pointing to the human tide on the square, including a slogans proclaiming "the army and the people are united."
"From today, they leap in the eyes that if they do not protect the revolution and do not meet the requirements of the people, they will come next time Tahrir Square to celebrate not the victory but with cover as before. "
Qaradawi has presented the movement that has camped on Tahrir Square from January 25 to February 11 as a triumph against sectarianism. "Here, Christians and Muslims lived side by side. Damn these disputes are over."
About 10% of the estimated 82 million Egyptians are Coptic Christians. Twenty-one of them had been killed and hundreds more injured in a bomb attack against a church in Alexandria during the night of the new year.
Cairo mosque-university of Al Azhar, the highest moral authority in the Sunni world, broke in late January dialogue with the Vatican since Pope Benedict XVI was accused Egypt of failing to protect its Christian minority enough.

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