A week ago we disclosed that the second Egyptian revolution (because the first one apparently was a dud) was scheduled for May 27. As expected, this is precisely what has happened: "Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday in what organisers called a "second revolution" to push for faster reforms and a speedy trial for ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his former aides. Activists complain of delays in putting Mubarak, his family and members of his ousted regime on trial and that the army has not restored order quickly enough to the country of 80 million. Egyptians are also demanding an end to endemic graft, one of the main grievances that drove thousands of protesters onto the streets in the uprising that began on Jan. 25. "After some 1,000 martyrs ... people do not see any change," said Mustafa Ali Menshawi, a 38-year-old accountant, who was helping marshal crowds flooding into the square." Granted there has been some change: "The only change we see is that the Mubarak metro station has been changed to the Martyrs station," he said." This is happening even as deposed president Hosni Mubarak could face the death penalty as he prepares to face charges of "pre-meditated killing" of protesters during the uprising that ousted him on Feb. 11. Yet the revolution was not a failure for all: in continuation of the tried and true "economic hitman" practice, whereby MNCs land in a country and generously provide it credit, merely to extract its resources, take control of its infrastructure, and subjugate people with unmanageable credit card interest payments, the IMF just announced it will lend $35 billion to Arab countries to "stabilize their economies." Oddly there was no reference to "humanitarian" intervention or doing god's work.
Video from the latest and greatest Tahrir square protest just as it is warming up:
More from Reuters:
The ruling military council withdrew the army from near the protests in Cairo and has ordered security forces to stay away.
Tahrir Square was decked with Egyptian flags and placards demanding that officials who worked under Mubarak and squandered state funds be investigated.
"We want to dissolve all local councils that are famous for being the most and worst corrupt institutions during Mubarak's regime," said Mohammed Adel, of the April 6 Youth group.
"We also ask that all political powers get involved in the drafting of important political laws," Adel added.
Thousands of Egyptians also took to the streets in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and in the Suez Canal's cities of Suez and Ismailia. Smaller protests also took place in northern Sinai and in the city of Port Said on the Suez Canal.
However, some Egyptians expressed opposition to the protests, saying military rulers needed time to sort things out. A few hundred gathered in Cairo's al-Hussein area to express support for Egypt's military rulers, chanting: "For the sake of our country, we want to be ruled by the army."
Some political parties, including Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood, said no protests were needed and warned they could lead to confrontations between the army and demonstrators.
The absence of the Brotherhood angered some protesters, some of whom chanted: "Where is the Brotherhood?"
Oh it's coming. Just as soon as the IMF needs to generously provide Egypt with some more humanitarian loans.