Kefaya Protest in Cairo
About a thousand people carrying candles and singing patriotic songs gathered Wednesday in Cairo to protest violence by pro-government supporters during a referendum last month on electoral reform.
Many of the demonstrators carried yellow flags bearing the name of the opposition Kefaya (Enough) party which called the rally or carried banners calling for an end to corruption and police oppression.
“Terror will not dissuade us from achieving liberty,” said one banner. “No to torture by police and security services,” said another.
Kefaya called on demonstrators to assemble near the grave of Egypt’s “father of independence,” Saad Zaghlul, a nationalist leader who spearheaded the fight to end British occupation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Holding lighted candles, protestors sang to the tune of the national anthem, “Kefaya, Kefaya, we are at the end of our rope.”
A diverse grouping of political activists, young and old, joined the demonstration, including some women who arrived from the nearby shrine of the female saint, Sayyeda Zeinab.
Mr Ibrahim believes US President George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are at last beginning to understand the long-term effects of supporting brutal dictatorships in the Middle East.
He says it backfires in the long term, and feeds extremism. The two masterminds of the 11 September 2001 attacks, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, were from the two main US allies in the region, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.