Million man demonstration aims to oust Shafiq government

People filtered into Tahrir Square Friday, preparing for another million man demonstration to demand the removal of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and the other vestiges of deposed President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

The protesters also are expressing solidarity with revolutionaries in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco, and Algeria.

The 25 January Youth Coalition called for a demonstration on Friday, 25 February, to commemorate the one month anniversary of the initial protests that ousted Mubarak after 30 years in power.

The coalition specified four demands including the dismissal of Shafiq's government and formation of an interim government of patriotic independent figures, the release of political detainees and prisoners of special courts, the dismissal of state security, and formation of an independent judicial committee to speed up the trial of Mubarak's corrupt officials, and all those involved in torturing and killing protesters.

They also warned that any slowdown in the implementation of the legitimate political demands of the masses may lead to further tension and instability, stressing at the same time that these demands don't belong to one certain group, but to the whole revolution.

Wael Ghonim, the administrator of "We are all Khaled Saeed" page on Facebook that started the call for the 25 January protests, called on the masses to participate in the demonstration.

"I am going to participate in the million man demonstration because the Ministry of Interior has not undertood yet the meaning of citizenship, because the emergency law is still in place, because none of those who fired live bullets at protesters have been put to trial, and because the lives of martyrs will never go down the drain," Ghonim said. 

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