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How Tahrir Square protesters see the elections

11-30-2011 07:49 BJT

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During the first round of the election, many protesters remained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the center of events for the past 10 months.

While Egypt is voting for its first post Mubarak parliament, Tahrir square is quite. Since the breaking of protests in Tahrir on the 25th of January protesters were calling for a new parliament. However after the protests returned earlier in November, and after thousands died and injured, Tahrir square is not celebrating the elections as it planed to.

An Egyptian anti-military protester shouts slogans during a demonstration calling for
the interim military rulers to step down in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Activist said: "It is not appropriate that I go vote without having a technocrat government ruling the country. I want the army to protect the borders, but the SCAF are not good politicians, everything in the country is under their control."

Activist Osama El Gohary said: "I will not participate in the parliamentary elections, because I know that according to the constitutional referendum that was in March, the SCAF has full authority in the country. This parliament will come with no legislative power. The SCAF said they will only choose the council that will implement the new constitution. The SCAF stole from the parliament its legislative power, its right to form a government and even its right to monitor authoritative powers."

From Tahrir square many protesters joined hands and formed political parties that today are running in the elections. Many of those are still protesting and staying in Tahrir.

Abdel Rahman Maazoun from Egyptian Stream Party said: "We stopped all campaigning for the elections, since Saturday. But because people want us to continue in the elections we decided not to withdraw from the elections."

On the other hand, various groups in Tahrir still support the elections. And believe that the square is quite because people are voting.

Volunteer Mohamed Omran said: "Many have left to participate in the elections, which is very important to us, but the number of people in Tahrir Square is not bad. All of these tents are full. Also don’t forget that Cairo is in the first phase of the elections and most of us are from Cairo. But in the evening many come once again."

Reporter: "Different positions from Tahrir protesters towards the elections. And regardless to their numbers that decreased when the elections began, they will remain protesting until the Supreme council of the Armed forces hands the power to an elected authority. "

An Egyptian woman walks in front of a wanted graffiti for a police captain, Mahmoud
Sobhi, who is accused of aiming at protesters eyes, at Tahrir Square, the focal point
of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov.27, 2011.

Egypt's activists are staging a massive protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square to press
demands for the country's military rulers to step down.

An Egyptian soldier talks to protestors in support against the country's
ruling military council during a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo,
Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

A general view of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square a day ahead of the country's
parliamentary elections in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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