Sunday, December 12, 2010

Photos: Protesters Call for Dissolution of Parliament

Over 800 opposition activists, and a handful of former MPs, protested outside the office of the General Prosecutor in Downtown Cairo, on December 12. Well over 1,000 conscripts from the Central Security Forces were deployed to cordon the protest.

Protesters chanted against President Mubarak, and the ruling party's Ahmad Ezz - MP and billionaire steel-king (or steal-king) who acted as the conductor of the most recent parliamentary elections/sham.

Protesters also denounced the widespread vote-rigging and electoral fraud which took place during the parliamentary elections of November 28 and December 5.

Protesters called for the annulment and dissolution of the recently "elected" parliament, while a handful of former MPs (independents and opposition) are calling for the establishment of a parallel parliament.

Former MPs in attendance included the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed el-Beltagi, Al-Ghad's Ayman Nour, The Democratic Front Party's Osama Ghazali Harb, Karama's Hamdeen Sabbahi, and independent Mustafa Bakri amongst others.

The former Secretary-General of Kifaya, George Ishaq, and leader of the Revolutionary Socialist/Hashd Grouping Kamal Khalil, along with leading figures from the Islamic Labor Party, the liberal Al-Wafd Party, and the April 6th Youth Movement were also present.

Young supporters of Mohamed El Baradei hung up posters of this political reformer during the protest stand. ElBaradei, former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency - turned salon reformer - failed to attend this street protest.

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