In Egypt, Thousands Demand Reform, Peace

Published on Friday 13th May 2011

Thousands gathered in Cairo's main square on Friday urging an end to sectarian violence, continued political reforms and support of the Palestinian cause.The rally comes after Muslim-Christian clashes left 12 dead over the weekend in sectarian fighting. Violence between Egypt's Coptic Christians and conservative Muslims has led to calls for tolerance.Some in the crowd waved Palestinian flags in support of rallies on Friday in the Palestinian territories leading up to Sunday's commemoration of what Palestinians call Naqba (catastrophe), the anniversary of the creation of Israel.  Others called for continued political reforms and the prosecution of officials linked to the former government of ex-president Hosni Mubarak.Egyptian prosecutors said on Thursday that Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, have been questioned about allegations of illegally acquiring a portfolio of massive wealth.On Friday, Egyptian media reported that authorities ordered a 15-day detention of Mubarak as the questioning continues. The Reuters news agency reported that Mubarak's wife was also ordered detained for 15 days.The Mubaraks are residing in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where Mubarak has been hospitalized after being ousted from office during massive anti-government protests in February.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.



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