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Cairo activists block government building

Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 01:55

July 10 - Egyptian demonstrators holding a sit-in in Cairo's Tahrir Square shut down an important government building and vow to escalate the protests until their demands are met. Simon Hanna reports.

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Egyptian protesters - camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square since Friday's large scale demonstration - vow to escalate their protest if their demands aren't met. Tahrir was the epicentre of the uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in February. But demonstrators have returned to the square five months on, angry that the ruling military council has not delivered on the demands of the revolutionaries. And there are signs that an escalation of the protests has already begun. This government administration building which faces the square was prevented from opening by protesters. The banner outside reads "The People Demand the Trial of Mubarak". A speech by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Saturday in response to the demonstrations was criticised by activists for not providing any real action. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, AMIRA AL-ADLY: "We will stay here until our demands begin to honestly be met and not just addressed in statements. We don't want any more statements. We've had enough of statements, we've had enough of speeches to the media. We've had enough of councils for national dialogue, and we are not prepared to accept this again. The Tahrir protest is here, and we are here, and anyone who really wanted to meet our demands could have done so." Demonstrations swept cities across Egypt on Friday, and many sit-ins outside of the capital are still ongoing. Among the demands are the speeding up of trials of those accused of killing protesters, stopping the trials of civilians in military courts, and reforming the Interior Ministry and the judiciary. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Cairo activists block government building

Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 01:55