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Hundreds of protesters flocked to Tahrir Square Friday morning, joining a protest dubbed "Correcting the Path," which aims to pressure the ruling military council to end military trials of civilians and set a timeframe and clear plan for handing power to a civilian government.
The protesters are also calling for increased independence for the judiciary and minimum and maximum wages, and the amendment of the current election law that stipulates parliamentary representatives will be elected through a joint single-winner and list-based candidacy system.
The protesters have formed popular committees to secure the entries to Tahrir and to organize traffic in surrounding streets.
Policemen withdrew from Tahrir at 12 am and are expected to return at midnight. They have maintained their presence at vital government institutions in the area, such as the Parliament building and Interior Ministry.
Participating political powers have agreed to organize marches to Tahrir from several squares and mosques in Cairo and Giza following the Friday prayers. Members from the April 6 Youth Movement and the Youth for Justice and Freedom will march from the Cairo district of Shubra to the square. There will also be other marches from Zawya al-Hamra and Faisal Street.
The protesters will also march to the cabinet offices and the Judges Club to emphasize calls for an independent judiciary.
The Union of Revolution Youth, which includes 18 parties and political movements, and the April 6 Youth Movement on Thursday issued statements to deny responsibility for calls to attack military buildings and use violence against the security forces made on Facebook in groups' names.
They said such calls damage the image of the peaceful protesters.
Translated from the Arabic Edition