Thousands of protesters in Cairo have demanded the new military rulers to hand over power to a civilian government as soon as possible. The people want a clear timetable for the transfer of power to a civilian government, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday. The new demonstration in Cairo’s Liberation Square comes as the army remains defiant in the face of the people’s demands. During a televised statement on Monday, the army said it would fulfill its promises. This comes only a day after it said it could remain in power for the next six months. The army also called on protesters to end their demonstrations.
Meanwhile, thousands of Egyptian protesters including union workers and police are also staging a strike in the capital Cairo over low pay and corruption. As part of the protest, policemen have marched to the interior ministry to protest the deaths of more than 300 people during 18 days of protests against ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Policemen carried banners and placards that read — apology for our performance during those protests.
Protesters say demonstrations will continue until the army accepts the reforms. Activists have demanded the release of political prisoners, the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency and the disbandment of military court.