Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Egypt: Thousands protest in Cairo to demand prosecution of Mubarak


Protesters hold up a caricature of ousted president Hosni Mubarak carrying ''people's money'' in Tahrir Square, Cairo, April 8, 2011, as they demanded the prosecution of Mubarak and accused the military of being too slow to root out corruption from his era. (ASMAA WAGUIH - REUTERS)
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a protest titled “Day of Justice and Cleansing.”

The people demanded the prosecution of deposed president Hosni Mubarak and his regime in one of the biggest protests since the longtime president was ousted two months ago.

The massive turnout reflected the people’s growing frustration with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which currently rules Egypt, for its slowness in punishing former top figures in Mubarak’s regime.

The numbers of protesters swelled dramatically after the opposition group Muslim Brotherhood joined the rally Friday.

The Egyptian military ordered that if any soldier took part in Friday's protests he would face immediate court martial, Al Jazeera reported.

Five soldiers, including a senior officer, protested anyway, addressing a portion of the crowd who chanted “the army and the people are one hand,” according to Al Jazeera.

One Egyptian tweeted:

That army officer whipped the crowed into a frenzy. He spoke like a young Nasser. #Egyptless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

He also took this photo of the officers.

If Mubarak is not prosecuted, activists told CNN, they are prepared to organize a march toward the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where Mubarak has been living on his estate since he stepped down from office on Feb. 11.

One Egyptian blogger tweeted:

The mubarak trial better start for real really soon, or sharmelsheikh won't be a safe haven for long. #justsaying #jan25less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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