July 24, 2011 by staff
Egypt Protests, Up political activists who seek to accelerate counter-demonstrators harassed the transfer of power in Egypt on Saturday night in Cairo, organizers said. The New York Times reported that thousands of protesters marched from Tahrir Square to the military barracks were stopped by gangs of youths who attacked the demonstrators with fists, stones, knives, machetes and Molotov ccktails.
Protesters responded despite pleas from the organizers to withdraw, the Times said, and the situation deteriorated in a street fight 2 hours when the troops watched from behind a barrier that had stood against the demonstrators.
The melee was over time by hundreds of riot police fired tear gas on the streets, but the protesters regrouped around an hour later.
A coalition of 28 political groups is calling for a timeline to be delivered by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
The military junta has drawn the ire of the demonstrators for their remarks in a statement on the Youth Movement April 6, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
The board issued statement accused the opposition activists to sabotage the unity of the citizens and the armed forces. In retaliation, political groups issued a statement declaring the April 6 Youth Movement is part of the Egyptian national movement.
The protesters are demanding that power be handed over to an elected parliament and president at the end of the original timetable of six months provided by the military council. We also ask that the military trials of civilians be put to an end.
The demonstrators, numbering about 4,000 strong, the intention to march from the mosque Abbasseya Nour in Tahrir Square and the military council headquarters, however, soldiers barricaded the bridge Abbasseya, blocking the advance of them.
Saturday marked the anniversary of the 1952 military coup that seized control of the country of the British-backed monarchy.
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