Thousands of Egyptians staged mass demonstrations in several cities on Friday, demanding the prosecution of former officials and the removal of remaining officials tied to the Mubarak regime.
About 50,000 protesters gathered in Tahrir Square after Friday prayers in what has become a weekly ritual that has evolved since the first Friday protest of the revolution on 28 January. They chanted slogans demanding that Mubarak officials be put to trial, including former Shura Council Speaker Safwat al-Sherif, former Speaker of the People's Assembly Fathi Sorour and former Chief of Staff Zakareya Azmi.
Protesters also rejected the draft law criminalizing strikes and protests that disrupt work, which was proposed by the cabinet. If approved by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the law would impose harsh penalties on protesters, including a fine of up to LE100,000 for those who participate in, or incite protests that disrupt public or private institutions.