Cairo rally demands speedy trials of ex-officials

By Maggie Michael

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 1 2011 5:30 a.m. MDT

Protesters drag a barricade during clashes with security forces in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Egyptian security forces clashed for a second day in Cairo with hundreds of youths demanding that the country's military rulers speed up prosecution of police officers accused of brutality during mass protests that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down. More than 1,000 people have been injured, a senior official said. (AP Photo)

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CAIRO — Hundreds are rallying in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square that was the epicenter of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, demanding speedy trials for former regime figures and policemen accused of killing protesters during the 18-day revolt earlier this year.

The rally is dubbed "Friday of Retribution" to reflect what protesters perceive as a slow pace of trials of former officials, nearly five months after Mubarak's Feb. 11 ouster.

The discontent sparked two days of fierce clashes between thousands of frustrated youth and anti-riot police this week on the streets of the Egyptian capital, with more than 1,000 injured.

Only one police officer has been convicted in absentia and sentenced to death for the killings of over 840 during the uprising.

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