Egyptians demand change

Thousands of Egyptians protest in Cairo.

July 13, 2011 12:33
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Egyptians 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Thousands of protesters return to Tahrir square in the Egyptian capital.

This is the fifth day of protests, which echoed scenes of demonstrations held earlier this year.

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Activists are putting pressure on Egypt's military and interim government to carry out reforms.

The protesters are angry about foot-dragging in trying former President Hosni Mubarak and officials charged with corruption and killing protesters.

The country's army called on demonstrators not to harm the nation, and repeated a pledge to hand power to civilians.

One protester felt real change had yet to take place.

A protester, Reham Mohamed, said, "I don't feel as if the revolution has achieved the results we have been waiting for. We are waiting for the country to be cleansed of corruption. We are waiting for the country to be in a better situation. I don't see anything taking place."

Several dozen people were on hunger strike.

A hunger striker, Mohamed Fawzy, said, "We think that it is important for all Egyptians to express themselves peacefully through civil action. And we hold the military council and the armed forces, which is still continuing the corruption and faults of the previous regime, responsible for anything that happens to any of the protesters in Tahrir square, and for any violation of the rights of any of the hunger strikers, because they have refused to officially register us with the police or the general prosecutor."

Protests have also taken place in port cities of Alexandria and Suez.

The Egyptian uprising ended Mubarak's 30-year rule, and inspired protests across the Middle East.

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