Scores demonstrate outside Maspero, cause traffic jam

Scores demonstrate outside Maspero, cause traffic jam

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Tue, 04/12/2012 - 22:51

Scores of demonstrators flocked Tuesday evening to the state television and radio building, known as Maspero, on the Nile Corniche in Cairo are part of the ongoing demonstration against the new constitution.

The protesters said they went to Maspero so their voices would be heard by state media. They chanted slogans demanding the cancellation of the referendum on the new constitution and the 22 November constitutional declaration, as well as the dismissal of the Muslim Brotherhood-aligned information minister.  

The demonstration causes a heavy traffic jam on Maspero and the roads leading to it.

The area around state TV building has been common gathering point for protesters since the early days of the Egyptian revolution. State TV is widely considered the voice of the government, used to promote its policies.

State TV was blasted for its coverage during the Maspero violence in October last year, as well as for its coverage during the 18-day uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, when it would focus its cameras on views of empty bridges and the Nile while meters away, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians were protesting against the ruling regime.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm and MENA