Tahrir protesters form revolution protection council

A number of Egyptian revolutionary groups and political powers have announced the formation of a council to protect the revolution.

They said the council will work on suing officers accused of killing protesters during the January uprising, as well as exposing corruption. They also demanded the removal of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, citing his ties to the Policies Secretariat of the former ruling National Democratic Party.

Several revolutionary groups have been staging a sit-in at Cairo’s Tahrir Square since 8 July. Among other demands, they are calling for further reform, the expedited prosecution of ex-officials, and the removal of all officials affiliated with the Mubarak regime.

In a statement to reporters on Tuesday at Flamenco Hotel in Zamalek, members of the new revolutionary council demanded that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) honor its promise to hold parliamentary elections in November.

The statement also called upon the Muslim Brotherhood to toe the line with other revolutionary groups, adding that the ultimate goal is a civil state that secures the country’s higher interests.

Shady Talaat, a member of the revolutionary council, said the group will form a legal panel to pressure the attorney general to investigate former Information Minister Anas al-Fiqqi's role in the February attack on protesters, which is known as the “Battle of the Camel.”

Talaat added that the activists are investigating allegations of corruption against other political figures.

Mohamed Hegazy, another member, said protesters will continue their sit-in until the goals of the January revolution are met.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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