Once again, Tahrir Square is overflowing with protesters. The main site for the spring protests that ushered out Hosni Mubarak’s government is filled once again with tens of thousands of Egyptians
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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