Egyptians rally to demand swifter reforms, justice

CAIRO - Thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to demand faster reforms and the swifter prosecution of former officials from Hosni Mubarak's toppled government who face corruption and murder charges.
Most political groups and parties including the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most organized political grouping, backed calls for the protest to be staged across Egypt.
Hundreds of people had gathered in Suez and the coastal city of Alexandria, and Tahrir Square was already filling up before Friday prayers at noon, suggesting the protest would be among the biggest since Mubarak's ouster.
"Punishment for the killers of the martyrs," read one banner in Tahrir, which was the focal point for protests that drove Mubarak out of office on Feb. 11 after 30 years in power.