We know the way to Tahrir Square
Situation still fluid in Egypt! Amro Hassan in Cairo, in the LA Times:
For the first time since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, a large-scale sit-in with tents and banners is hunkered in Tahrir Square as protesters and activists demand that the revolution's ideals are not swept aside by the ruling military council.
Angered by the adjournment of trials for police officers charged with killing protesters between Jan. 25 and Feb. 11, as well as corruption trials involving Mubarak, his two sons and ex-ministers who served during his reign, tens of thousands marched in Tahrir on Friday. Many of them were still there Sunday.
Unlike many past Fridays, when demonstrations in Cairo's main square ended at nightfall, as many as 2,000 protesters, activists and families of those killed and injured during the revolution have decided not to leave the square [#173] before all demands of the revolution are met by both the interim government and the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).
''Just like we came here in January and stayed for 18 days to remove Mubarak, we will remain here this time around to save our revolution and pressure for the achievement of all the revolution's main targets," says Fathi Mohamed, a 27-year-old lawyer who has been in the square since Friday.
Protesters are calling for speedier trials, better health and social care, higher wages and the dismissal of Mubarak-era offcials who remain in their posts. The protest has closed the square to traffic as demonstrators have set up barricades. Protesters also ringed the government's administrative complex, blocking hundreds of employees from their jobs.
In an attempt to persuade protesters to end the sit-in, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addressed the nation on Saturday, promising to expel all police officers charged with murder and to assign certain judges and prosecutors to swiftly handle their trials.
And the protesters were unimpressed. Even more interestingly, there are reports that Suez is bubbling too (Caution, since I'm not familiar with the "Daily News":
CAIRO: Protesters in Suez are calling for a million-man protest on Tuesday, echoing calls by Tahrir Square protesters, but also promising "surprising escalation measures not to be declared now," member of the Suez Revolution Youth Coalition Ahmed Abdel Gawad told Daily News Egypt Monday.
"We are already protesting in front of the Suez Canal’s movement control office, El-Arbaeian Square and in front of the governorate building. We will escalate by blocking more streets and emptying the governorate building, in addition to a call on Tuesday for general civil disobedience," said Abdel Gawad.
Abdel Gawad added that the main sit-in is in front of the Suez Canal’s movement control office, which is surrounded with barbed wire and guarded by the third army.
At time of press, around 500 protesters were present, but Abdel Gawad said that the numbers increase after working hours and numbers reach thousands by night.
"We will not accept anything less than the swift trial of the killers of the protesters, and to see Mubarak in jail for what he did, that's what will stop us," Abdel Gawad added.
"We are carrying our coffins [#44], every one of the protesters is a potential martyr; we have nothing to lose.”
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UPDATE This, amazingly enough, is from the English version of Al Ahram, the state media:
In what looked like an attempt to avoid criticism, just hours after it was published the Ministry of Finance withdrew a table on its website that showed the details of all the cuts in the modified draft of the budget.
The Ministry of Finance never kept its promise to Ahram Online to publish details of the budget changes, nor did the minister respond to repeated calls to disclose and comment on the modifications.
This lack of transparency has contributed to the anger of protesters on Cairo's Tahrir and other squares around the country, as widespread sit-ins enter their fourth day and gain further momentum.
Lists of demands announced by protesters on Saturday and Sunday included the abolition of the SCAF-certified budget, slammed by protesters as pro-rich, and the drafting of a new, socially driven one.
Little is known about how budget cuts will affect wages and pensions, social spending and public investment.
Cuts in all three would not only contradict promises of social justice, but also hinder Egypt's targeted growth rate of 3.5 per cent by suppressing local demand.
Let it never be said that Tahrir Square accomplished nothing!