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Tens of thousands protest against the military rule in Alex

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Tens of thousands Alexandrians join a march on Friday against military rule.

By Abdel Rahman Youssef

ALEXANDRIA: Tens of thousands of protesters spanning all political factions marched Friday from Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque to the Central Military District chanting against the military rule.

The protesters also chanted against presidential hopefuls affiliated with the ousted regime, warning from possibility of rigging in the upcoming election. They also called for holding the presidential elections in the scheduled time and drafting the constitution afterwards to avoid the military’s intervention in the process.

“We are not trying to unite, but we are trying to attract the other [the Islamists] to our side and ask the others to unite with us without giving any concessions,” graphic designer Nahla El-Nemr, 27, told Daily News Egypt during the march.

“We will e surprised if the others rejected this unity,” she added.

The protesting forces included the sports fans groups Ultras, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, April 6 Youth Movement, Al-Wasat Party, and other revolutionary coalitions.

Rights activist and former Brotherhood member Haitham Abou Khalil said he is protesting to create consensus to build a new ground on which Egyptians can start the new movement.

“But I believe that we need to talk about the real disease not the symptom, and the disease is the ruling military council and the rest of the demands are the symptoms of this disease,” said Abou Khalil, 42.

The march was attended by a number of lawmakers and member of the executive board of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Salah Sultan.

 


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