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Thousands Protest to 'Save the Revolution' In Egypt

Egyptians shout as they wave a giant flag during a demonstration at Tahrir Square, Cairo, April 1, 2011, to call for the military government to harshly punish members of ex-President Hosni Mubarak's former administration
Egyptians shout as they wave a giant flag during a demonstration at Tahrir Square, Cairo, April 1, 2011, to call for the military government to harshly punish members of ex-President Hosni Mubarak's former administration
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Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Cairo Friday, demanding that former President Hosni Mubarak and members of his administration be put on trial for corruption.

The protest to "save the revolution" was organized by the Youth Revolution Coalition, a group of activists who helped launch the January 25 protests that led to Mubarak's overthrow 18 days later.

Demonstrators also called for the release of political prisoners, an end to the military trial of civilians and the lifting of Egypt's emergency law.

Many in Egypt's pro-democracy movement remain concerned about what they see as the continuing influence that members of the ousted administration still have in the military-led government.

Mubarak and his family remain under house arrest in Egypt with their overseas assets frozen.

In March, millions of Egyptians voted in favor of constitutional amendments aimed at clearing the way for free elections for parliament and president to be held before the end of the year. The amendments were proposed by a panel of legal experts appointed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that has ruled Egypt since Mubarak's ouster on February 11.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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