Thousands at Tahrir Square rally against Shafiq candidacy (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By GEORGE POTTER 06/05/12)
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Former candidates join Brotherhood, youth and soccer fans against
presidential hopeful seen as Mubarak crony
Thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Tuesday
night to rally against presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, whom many
see as a sign of deposed president Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, whose candidate Mohammed Morsi is
Shafiq’s challenger in this month’s runoff election, bussed in
thousands of protesters to the square. Several presidential
candidates eliminated in an earlier round of voting joined the
demonstrations as well, according to Ahram Online.
Many in Egypt fear a Shafiq victory will signal the return of the pre-
revolution ruling elite. Protesters in Tahrir called for application
of the Political Disenfranchisement Law that would prohibit former
regime apparatchiks from participating in presidential politics.
“It is unacceptable after a revolution that has brought its share of
martyrs to vote Shafiq into office,” one man at the rally told Ahram.
According to a live blog and twitter messages from participants,
demonstrators at one point tried to climb a Shafiq billboard to tear
it down. At a similar rally earlier in the week, they managed to tear
down Shafiq advertising.
The rally remained mostly peaceful however.
Demonstrators also called for Mubarak to be put to death after he was
given a sentence of life in prison for allowing police to fire on
protesters during marches in Cairo a year earlier. Cleared on
corruption charges, the prosecution has appealed the verdict, hoping
to get a new sentence as well.
Eliminated presidential candidates Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh and Hamdeen
Sabahi led chants from the back of a pickup, calling out, “We are
united against Shafiq and the [Mubarak and others] verdict.”
The two later reportedly left the protest due to exhaustion.
Ahly soccer fans were reported gathering on Qasr Al-Nile bridge and
chanting, “Shafiq, you shameful man, the revolution continues.” (©
2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 06/05/12)
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