“We ask the armed forces to settle this issue out as soon as possible and dismiss all ministers who belong to the National Democratic Party (NDP),” youth representative Shady Harb told reporters.
|Protest in front of Egyptian Ttrade Union Federation|
The policy paper also calls for the abrogation of the restrictive law regulating the formation of political parties within ten days, and the drafting of a new law for the exercise of political rights within one month.
To enhance the political participation of young people--who constitute over 50 percent of Egypt’s population--the coalition has asked for lowering the eligibility age for parliamentary candidacy from 30 to 25, and for presidential candidacy from 40 to 35.
The Coalition has also called on the military to guarantee the enforcement of controversial court rulings that the Mubarak regime had ignored, including one ruling to expel university police guards and another to halt gas exports to Israel. The paper follows a meeting that eight of the Youth had on Sunday with two of the military leaders. Two of the Youth, Wael Ghoneim and Amr Salama, published minutes of this meeting from which it loosk as if the army is quite serieus about its pursuit of democracy.
Sunday and Monday were for the rest days of social unrest. Some 500 labor activists demonstrated outside the state-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) on Monday to demand the federation’s dissolution. Dozens attempted to storm and occupy the ETUF headquarters. ETUF security responded by beating protesters out of the building.
|Personal of the National bank demonstrating.|
On Sunday some 2000 employees of the nmational bank of Egypt demonstrated. 'The bank wants the chairman down,' they chanted. The employees of the government-owned bank were contesting the board of directors, which pays itself very high salaries, sometimes appointing inexperienced graduates with monthly salaries of LE30,000, much more than what middle management.
In front of Banque Misr, Egypt's second largest bank, the same scene unfolded. There the demand was the resignation of the advisors to the board of directors. 'This board hired ex-prime minister Nazif's niece as a media advisor to the chairman. 'This Fatma Al-Ghouli gets LE200,000 per month and she is a dentist. What could a dentist advise about in a bank?' said one of the branch managers who was among the protestors.
|Archeologists demonstrate in front of the Antiquities Authority|
Protests against working conditions were also taking place at the ministry ofr Education and throughout the rest of the country. The army has banned all labor unrest and union gatherings and has made an appeal on all Egyptians to go back to work. The government, meanwhile, has made a request to foreign countries to freeze the assets of several members of the former government