Tahrir Square fills with Islamic protest front and center (Audio report)


Thousands of Egyptians gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to show Islamists and others are united in wanting change. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

The square has rarely been empty of activists since the end of the revolution, but a groundswell of support from the Muslim Brotherhood brought out supporters Friday, some even arriving on buses from nearby cities.

On a sweltering day, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the square and The Post’s Ernesto Londono was there to report on why Friday’s protest felt so different. Listen:

The protesters said they were seeking to show unity between secular and Islamist groups, but the rifts were still very much apparent. From the Associated Press:

Liberal parties endorse the measure in an effort to limit what they fear will be outsized Islamist influence on the new document should religious groups win a large share of the parliament. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has accepted the idea. Islamists oppose it, saying nothing should restrict the right of the new elected parliament to oversee the process of drafting the document.

The Post’s Leila Fadel writes on Twitter that despite the calls for unification, “Chants for an Islamic state resounding through Cairo's Tahrir Square. Many liberals and secularists withdrew from the protests today.”

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Hanging ropes with names in Arabic for officials from the ousted regime "Zusan, Jamal Mubarak, Ahmed Ezz, Habib al-Adly and Hosni Mubarak" are seen at the protest camp in Tahrir Square. (Nasser Nasser/AP)

An Egyptian protester takes a nap close to a poster during a sit-in at Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

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