Egypt’s military criticised for dictatorial ruleApril 9th, 2011 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI
Cairo, Apr 9 (ANI): Egypt’s military rulers are now being criticised for behaving like the ousted President Hosni Mubarak by trying to exert control over people in a dictatorial manner.
Protesters staged demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, where they denounced the military rulers of torturing people over the past two months either by jailing them or bringing them before courts for allegedly ‘insulting the rulers’.
Protesters have been tortured and female activists subjected to virginity tests, human rights advocates have said.
Critics are of the opinion that the military regime is either unwilling or incapable of ushering in an era of true democratic reform, The New York Times reports.
“The army and the people are not one hand. The revolution has so far managed to get rid of the dictator, but the dictatorship still exists,” a jailed blogger, Michael Nabil, who is now facing a secret trial and a three-year prison sentence, wrote in a posting.
Many critics, and protestors claim that since Mubarak’s ouster, the military has been exercising direct control over the people by questioning the defenders of the revolution.
“We don’t want a confrontation with the army but they have to understand that the people will not go quiet. This is a revolution,” a protestor in the square said.
“They are well versed and knowledgeable individuals, but they were not prepared for what they are doing right now. The army was suddenly handed this mission, and it was complicated even more by the absence of the police,” Nabil Fouad, a retired general and professor of strategic studies, said.
Friday’s uprising at Tahrir Square was reportedly one of the largest demonstrations in recent weeks. (ANI)
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