Wednesday, April 8, 2009

EGYPT: State Security Blunts 'Day of Anger'

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa Al-Omrani

"CAIRO, Apr 7 (IPS) - Egyptians expressed their discontent Monday with rising prices and political stagnation in a national 'day of anger' organised by online activists. Although smaller in scope than a nationwide strike on this date last year, opposition figures say the demonstrations across the country made their point......

In a statement early last month, group leaders called on Egyptians to peacefully voice dissatisfaction with the political and economic policies of President Hosni Mubarak's ruling regime. Participants were urged to register their displeasure Apr. 6 by hanging Egyptian flags from windows, donning black clothing and refraining from making purchases.

Most importantly, the April 6 Youth called for demonstrations to be staged at locations countrywide, including professional syndicates and universities.

The group also issued a list of basic demands, some economic and some political. These included raising the official minimum wage to reflect rising prices; drafting a new national constitution guaranteeing political freedoms and a two-term limit to the presidency; and a halt to Egyptian natural gas exports to Israel.

The call to action was endorsed by most of Egypt's opposition parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, by far the country's largest opposition movement......."

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