CAIRO - Egyptian activists converged on downtown Cairo on Friday for a demonstration to press military rulers to speed up the transfer of power to civilians and revoke emergency laws once used by ousted president Hosni Mubarak against his opponents.
Activists said they expected thousands to heed their call to join protests dubbed "Reclaiming the Revolution", amid growing discontent with the way the military council has been managing the country's transition.The military council has announced that parliamentary elections will start on Nov. 28 with a mixed system of proportional representation and individual lists. Most political groups fear the system will allow Mubarak supporters to return to office.
"This week is different because we feel that our revolution has been stolen from us," said Yasser Fouad, an unemployed 38-year-old, his voice drowned out by loudspeakers urging people to ensure the protest remained peaceful.
"None of our demands have been achieved. We want them to hand over power immediately through elections," Fouad said.