Egyptians irked by military legacy

Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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CAIRO, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Egyptian opposition groups said Friday they were frustrated with government support for the former ruling military council.

Revolutionary groups in Cairo called for demonstrations Friday under the slogan of "retribution against the military," reports Egyptian news agency al-Ahram.

"It seems that some have forgotten that the Supreme Council for Armed Forces killed the martyrs, dragged revolutionaries, implemented virginity tests, caused bloodshed, and is still free," a statement from the activists read. "And the government honored them instead of presenting them for trial."

In early February, a presidential source revealed to the news agency that President Mohamed Morsi met with SCAF members to discuss security challenges in Egypt.

Violence erupted last month as Egyptians marked the second anniversary of the revolution that unseated President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.

Morsi, elected in June, faced a backlash from his January declaration of a state of emergency for parts of the country. That move gave the military certain judicial powers.

SCAF took power after Mubarak resigned in early 2011. An Amnesty International report in October alleged unlawful killings, torture and other abuses at the hands of the military and police during SCAF's tenure.

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