Protesters in Tahrir Square 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
CAIRO - Egyptian riot police on Saturday cleared Cairo's Tahrir Square of protesters who had wanted to stage a sit-in following a demonstration demanding an end to emergency laws and a speedy transfer of power to civilians from military rulers.
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Around 100 protesters had stayed in the square after the demonstration held on Friday.
Riot police with shields and batons arrested 10 people when protesters threw stones at them, state news agency MENA said, but activists in the square told Reuters the stone throwers were not part of their group.
Soldiers and security forces stayed away from the square on Friday but
the ruling military council had warned demonstrators against attacking
Activists vowed to return to Tahrir Square to keep up the pressure on the military council should demands not be met.
"We are planning to hold a big sit-in as we have three demands, an end
to emergency law, an end to military trials of civilians and speeding up
trials of previous top officials," Mostafa el Hag, a 28 year-old singer
and activist said.
"We are waiting to see what the military council says on Sunday," he said.
About 60 political parties and groups, including the political wing of
the Muslim Brotherhood, have threatened to boycott an upcoming
parliamentary election and set a deadline of Sunday for the military
council to meet their demands.
These include approving a law that would effectively prevent many of
those who supported deposed president Hosni Mubarak while he was in
power from running for office.
The military council is meeting political parties on Saturday to discuss the law, state-owned Al Ahram
Hundreds of youths had marched towards the military council's
headquarters late on Friday but were blocked by military police who
forced them to return back to Tahrir Square.