Thousands Protest In Cairo Against Military

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Thousands on Friday protested against the Egyptian military which ousted Hosni Mobarak’s government earlier this year, which turned violent on Saturday resulting in the death of two protestors.

Demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square after the military proposed constitutional changes which civilians fear will cement its power. The military is believed to be attempting to affirm itself as the guardian of “constitutional legitimacy”.

The security forces through legislation would increase its power, allowing it to determine major policies even after elections. It is also feared the document would prevent accountability of the armed forces. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s most organized political party led the protests against the military.
Egyptians expecting a change after Mobarak’s downfall, expressed frustration with the continuing economic problems, and the dismal law and order situation in the country.