Tahrir Square, the scene of huge demonstrations earlier this year as Egyptians rose up and toppled Hosni Mubarak, has once again become the focal point of public anger. But this time the target is the military junta which replaced Mubarak and promised to institute democratic reform.
Tends of thousands of protesters flocked to Tahrir Square at the end of the week, the most significant (thought far from the only) protest against the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf). Particular anger was reserved for Scaf’s leader, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who many Egyptians fear is slowing down the pace of reform.
Parliamentary elections are due to start in just over a week, but some in Egypt believe that this is not a true democratic vote. Rather, they argue that the military junta plans to ensure that the ‘right’ sort of people take power, potentially going against the popular will.