10 February 2012

As the Anniversary Approaches

Street protests in Cairo are expected to grow significantly today in anticipation of tomorrow's one-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak's abdication.

Ahram Online reports that at least ten separate marches are slated to converge on the defense ministry building in the Nasr City neighborhood throughout the day from different parts of the capital.

The marches have been organized by a bevy of the usual revolutionary groups including the Egypt Revolutionaries' Alliance, an amalgamation of 50 different political groups.

The last time protesters attempted to converge on the Defense Ministry, in July 2011, the marches were violently broken up in Abbasiya prior to reaching the building.

The Muslim Brotherhood are not expected to take part in the marches despite yesterday afternoon's public denunciation of SCAF and call for an immediate transfer to a civilian government.

The MB has also decried the general strike (canceling trains, public services, etc.) set to take place on Saturday, asking instead for Cairo residents to make the anniversary a city-wide "clean-up" day. Al-Azhar University has also slammed the Saturday strike, going so far as to issue a fatwa against the planned action.

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