Middle East

Egyptian blog review: Anger at military

Egyptian online activists have reacted angrily to the use of violence against protesters on Cairo's Tahrir Square and elsewhere in the country, denouncing the "brutal" methods used.

Many Facebook and Twitter users blame the violence on the ruling military council and call for the resignation of its head, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

Several video clips on the incidents were uploaded to the video-sharing website YouTube, focusing on the security forces' violent treatment of the protesters.

The Facebook page "We Are All Khaled Said" - one of the most influential social media forums for the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February - accuses the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) of being guided by the "ideology of security" in governing Egypt.

"They consider Egyptians to be just figures they hear in the media when one, two, or 20 are killed and hundreds or thousands are injured. They do not care," a status update on the page says.

Image caption The protests began on Friday

"What is important for them is to be happy and the prestige of the state should be protected… They are mistaken if they think that the prestige of the state can be protected by killing Egyptians."

"We will stay in the square to save the revolution and restore the rights of martyrs. This time we will not leave the square until we return Egypt to Egyptians."

On Twitter, anger at the violence was also running high, with tweeters talking of an "organised crime against peaceful protesters" or even "genocide".

Many focused on the need for a show of strength in Tuesday's protests. Blogger Tarek Shalaby tweeted, in reference to the military: "They might have the power and the weapons, but we have the numbers - more than they can handle."

On the Arabist.net blog, analyst Issandr el Amrani described the mood in Tahrir on Monday as "a bizarre mixture of a carnival atmosphere and intensity.

"The slogans are simple: they are all against Scaf, for a civilian government, and against Tantawi."

Many also reacted with scepticism or indifference to the news that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's government had offered to resign.

On the Weekite blog, activist Wael Nawara posted: "The real problem is not Essam Sharaf - because he was only ever a front for the military council.

"The problem is the council itself, which promised to hand over power in six months, and which 10 months later still has not set a date for its departure."

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