Rally keeps up reform pressure on Egypt's leaders

February 25, 2011 20:43

CAIRO — Tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday, trying to keep up pressure on Egypt's military rulers to carry out reforms and calling for the dismissal of holdovers from the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Demonstrators said they are worried the army is not moving quickly enough on reforms, including repealing emergency laws, releasing political prisoners and removing members of Mubarak's regime from power.

Thousands chanted Friday that they won't leave until they see Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, one of the Mubarak-era holdovers, removed from office. Some waved flags of Libya to show support for the uprising in the North African country next to Egypt.

"We made Mubarak step down and we must make Shafiq also step down," said Safwat Hegazy, a protester from the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and best-organized opposition group.

Demonstrators said they would stage large rallies every Friday until their demands are met.

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