Dozens continue sit-in in Suez

Dozens of protesters continued a sit-in in Arbaeen Square in Suez and insisted that they would not give up their demands.

Sheikh Hafez Salama, a popular veteran of the 1973 October War, urged protesters to continue the sit-in until their demands are met. He said in a statement that he rejects the threatening tone underlying the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' most recent speech. He said the speech did not break new ground and was a bid to circumvent demands to prosecute corrupt officials and those who killed protesters during the revolution.

Protesters announced a hunger strike in front of Suez Governorate headquarters until their demands are met.

They demanded retribution for the revolution's martyrs, the dismissal of the heads of five neighborhoods and the governor's secretary, setting minimum and maximum wages, canceling the current rent law, and starting serious investigations into the Suez governor, corrupt officials and former National Democratic Party leaders.

Six protesters accused police of assaulting them in Suez police station last Thursday when they tried to file a complaint against a policeman.

Mohamed al-Temsah, one of the protesters, demanded the formation of a judiciary and human rights committee to investigate the incident.

Mohamed Mahmoud, Suez Youth Bloc coordinator said that protesters had succeeded in removing ministers, policemen and governors affiliated with the former regime, as well as making trials of former officials public.

He added that police officers who do not respect citizens will not be welcome in Suez.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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