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Cairo's Tahrir Square taken over in protests against Mubarak old guard

Thousands of Islamists attend Friday prayers before a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, on April 13. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago.
Thousands of Islamists attend Friday prayers before a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, on April 13. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago.Khalil Hamra / AP

An Egyptian woman attends Friday prayers before a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 13. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago.
An Egyptian woman attends Friday prayers before a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 13. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago.Khalil Hamra / AP

Reuters reports -- Thousands of Egyptians protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday against a run for the presidency by former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, making an Islamist show of strength against a symbol of Hosni Mubarak's old guard.

The Muslim Brotherhood - the biggest group in parliament - called the protest after Suleiman announced his candidacy last week. His presidential bid has alarmed reformists, who regard him as a threat to their hopes for democratic change.

"Suleiman, do you think this is the old days?" chanted the protesters gathered in the square, the cradle of the uprising where Egyptians last year united to sweep Mubarak from power but which on Friday was mostly filled by Islamists alone. Others boycotted, reflecting deep divisions in the reform movement.

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Egyptian protesters hold a giant Egyptian flag during a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, on April 13. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago.
Egyptian protesters hold a giant Egyptian flag during a rally in Tahrir Square to denounce the presidential candidacies of Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including that of his former spy chief in Cairo, Egypt, on April 13. Supporters of the country's most influential political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis and other Islamists packed the capital's Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of the uprising that ousted Mubarak a year ago.Amr Nabil / AP

People attend Friday prayers in Tahrir square in Cairo on April 13. Thousands of Egyptians packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against a run for the presidency by former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, in an Islamist show of strength against Hosni Mubarak's old guard.
People attend Friday prayers in Tahrir square in Cairo on April 13. Thousands of Egyptians packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against a run for the presidency by former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, in an Islamist show of strength against Hosni Mubarak's old guard.Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

 

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