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Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Middle East, North Africa.

The efforts of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to suppress protest by violence causing death and injury has been counterproductive.

Rather than disappear the protests have become larger.It has now persisted into the fifth day. At what point will the generals retreat? The Independent has the report from AP:

Tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square have rejected a promise by Egypt’s military ruler to speed up a presidential election to the first half of 2012.

They want Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to step down immediately in favour of an interim civilian council.

Today’s street battles centred around the heavily fortified interior ministry, near the iconic square.

An Egyptian rights group known for its careful research of victims of police violence says the number of protesters killed in clashes nationwide since Saturday is 38, nine more than the health ministry’s death toll.

The five days of clashes are the longest spate of uninterrupted violence since the 18-day uprising that toppled the former regime in February, deepening the country’s economic and security woes. the unrest also threatens to cloud the country’s first parliamentary elections since former leader Hosni Mubarak’s February removal, which are scheduled to begin on November 28.

In a televised address Gen. Tantawi rejected all criticism of the military’s handling of the transitional period and sought to cast himself and the generals on the military council he heads as the nation’s foremost patriots. Significantly, he made no mention of the protesters gathered in Tahrir Square or elsewhere in the country.

“Our demands are clear,” said Khaled El-Sayed, a protester from the Youth Revolution Coalition and a candidate in the November 28 parliamentary election. “We want the military council to step down and hand over authority to a national salvation government with full authority.”

Three days ago, Scott Horton interviewed Adam Morrow reporting from Cairo:



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