Group Calls For Huge Protest In Cairo

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CAIRO, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Young Egyptian activists called Monday for a huge demonstration in Cairo to demand, among other things, an end to military trials of civilians.

The Revolution Youth Coalition, in a post on its Facebook page, urged Egyptians to participate in the demonstration Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Middle East News Agency reported.

Unofficial statistics indicate more than 12,000 civilians have faced military trials and some are serving sentences in military prisons. Others face charges, including thuggery and expressing anti-military opinions, the news agency said.

The coalition said the trials do not meet international standards for fairness.

Human Rights Watch said this month at least 10,000 civilians were sentenced this year in unfair proceedings and that all of them should be retried. An official with the group said at the time the country “needs to urgently review the legal framework which [deposed President Hosni] Mubarak used for years to silence his critics.”

The coalition said other demands will include a timetable for handing power over to an elected civilian government and an end to the country’s anti-protest laws.

The group also called for an overhaul of a July parliamentary elections law, saying it opens polling places to tribal biases and vote-buying.

The rally will also call for restoration of security to the streets, and setting minimum and maximum wages, the coalition said.

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