Egypt: Youth Plans Mass Protests

The Revolutionary Youth Coalitions (RYC) plan to call on the ruling military council to step down at a mass protest planned in Tahrir Square on September 9 in an effort to show their frustration on the difficult road toward a “new Egypt.”  The RYC plans to pressure the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in an effort to decease the number of civilians of being tried in military courts.  Additionally, the council “should revoke a law it approved last spring that criminalizes certain types of strikes and protests.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan is scheduled to be in Egypt next week to discuss a strategic cooperation agreement between Turkey and Egypt.  Erdogan is planning to meet with the prime minister and the head of he Egyptian military council on September 12 and will be discussing diplomatic and military cooperation.

An Egyptian court has scheduled October 24 for the first session of the trial of the chief of staff of former President Hosni Mubarak, Zakaraia Azmi. Azmi is being charged with corruption and illegal profiteering.   Azmi’s brother-in-law, Gamal Abdel Monem Halawa, will be tried with Azmi on similar charges.