Egypt: thousands of protesters keep up the pressure

Tens of thousands of flag-waving Egyptians filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square Feb. 18 to celebrate the fall of Hosni Mubarak and pressure the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to deliver on pledges of reform. A military band in full dress uniform played patriotic music to widespread cheers, but demands included the release of detained protesters still being held by the military. The Coalition of the Revolution Youth called the gathering to “remember the martyrs of freedom and dignity and justice,” after at least 365 were killed and 5,500 injured in the protests that brought down Mubarak, by the Health Ministry’s official estimate. (Middle East Online, Feb. 18)

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