Thousands Protest in Egypt Against Mubarak-Era Candidate (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/09/12)
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Thousands of people demonstrated in Egypt on Friday, to demand that
former President Hosni Mubarak´s last Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq,
be banned from a run-off presidential election.
AFP reported that the protesters also denounced verdicts in the trial
of Mubarak and his security chiefs, amid reports that the ailing
strongmen sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of protesters
could be transferred from jail to military hospital.
In Cairo´s Tahrir Square, the hub of nationwide protests that
overthrow Mubarak last year, more than 5,000 protesters denounced
Shafiq and the Mubarak verdicts as activists staged a mock trial of
the ousted president on a wooden podium.
AFP reported that a man dressed in a judge´s robe sentenced Mubarak
and his cohorts to death, as the crowd chanted “God is greatest!”
“No to leftovers from the old regime,” read one placard, in an
allusion to Shafiq who faces the Muslim Brotherhood´s candidate
Mohammed Mursi in next week´s run-off election.
Smaller protests were held in Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast
and several other cities, AFP reported.
Meanwhile, Shafiq pledged he would uphold freedoms in a press
“Public squares will be free and secure for expression,” he said. “I
promise you, no youth will be arrested for political activities.”
Earlier this week, Shafiq hit hard at the Muslim Brotherhood on
Sunday, warning that an Islamist victory will lead to terrorizing
Christians and accusing the Brotherhood of trying to make “Palestine"
the central issue for Egyptians.
In an unusually sharp attack, Shafiq accused the Brotherhood of
acting as if “Palestine is the capital of Egypt.” He said that
Egyptians face several domestic issues that should not be
overshadowed by the status of the Palestinian Authority, whose Hamas
faction was founded by the Brotherhood.
“Don’t let the Muslim Brotherhood control Egypt and take it to the
dark ages," Shafiq declared. "I represent a secular state... the
Brotherhood represents a sectarian state. I represent progress and
light, they represent backwardness and darkness.”
Shafiq has said that he would be ready to visit Israel, if
elected, “provided it gives something to show it has good intentions.”
The Muslim Brotherhood, which also clinched the majority in recent
parliamentary elections, has threatened to cancel the peace treaty
with Israel by putting the issue up for a referendum and letting
Egyptians decide. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/09/12)
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