Friday, 9 September 2011

Published yesterday (updated) 09/09/2011 22:16 Font- Font+ Egyptian demonstrators try to demolish a wall recently built outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect the building. Thousands of protesters massed in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of an uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February, to demand reforms and an end to military trials of civilians. [AFP/Mohamed Hossam] CAIRO (Reuters) -- Egyptian activists demolished a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for transition to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians. Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February have been piling pressure on the ruling military council to fix a date for parliamentary and presidential elections and to get rid of officials who served under Mubarak. After Friday prayers, thousands had converged on Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests that toppled Mubarak, for what was billed as "Correcting the Path" protests. Some of the demonstrators later marched to the other side of the Nile in Giza, where they used hammers and large metal rods to destroy the wall, erected this month by Egyptian authorities after daily protests over the killing of five Egyptian border guards in Sinai. "This action shows the state of anger and frustration the young Egyptian revolutionaries feel against Israel especially after the recent Israeli attacks on the Egyptian borders that led to the killing of Egyptian soldiers," Egyptian political analyst Nabil Abdel Fattah told Reuters. Egyptian police stood aside as activists tore down the concrete wall to the cheers of hundreds of demonstrators. "It is great that Egyptians say they will do something and actually do it," Egyptian film director and activist Khaled Youssef said, standing among the protesters outside the embassy. "They said they will demolish the wall and they did ... the military council has to abide by the demands of the Egyptian people," he said. Israel Radio cut into its Sabbath programming with bulletins about the Cairo demonstrations. Citing Foreign Ministry sources, it said the ambassador was safely at his official residence and that Israel was in contact with Egypt, the United States and European powers about the incident. "Police will not do anything to the protesters and they will be left unharmed to continue demolishing the wall," one security source said. Tensions between the two countries sparked a series of angry protests that reached a climax last month when a demonstrator scaled the building and removed the Israeli flag. The five security men died during an Israeli operation against gunmen who had killed eight Israelis. Egypt threatened to withdraw its ambassador from Tel Aviv. Israel has stopped short of apologising, saying it is still investigating how the Egyptian troops were killed. Protesters also demonstrated outside the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, where some hurled stones at the building. Print Send to friend 1 ) Maguy Confurgues / UK 09/09/2011 20:21 "To protect resident" !!!!!!!!!!!???????????? Get the zionist out. 2 ) Chimo / USA 09/09/2011 20:24 It's amazing that these morons trying to bring down the barrier have nothing else better to do, like trying to make their country into a real democracy, but instead they are brainwashed to do nothing but cause destruction and hatred for Israel and it's people. Same thing with Erdogan and Turkey, they are just proving what short sighted people they really are, and they deserve whatever Israel does back to them Name

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