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A year after Egypt's uprising,activists back at Square One?

25.01.2012 21:22 EST
CAIRO – Amal Sharaf opens her third pack of cigarettes of the day before drinking a Turkish coffee inside a smoky cafe. She hasn't slept in 24 hours, busy planning protests the day before the one-year anniversary of Egypt's 18-day revolution.
"We're starting from scratch, from zero," said Sharaf, 37, who co-founded the April 6 Youth Movement that led last winter's revolt.
Activist, singlemother of oneand now a nearly forgotten leader of the 2011 revolution as new political parties rise topower, Sharafis one of hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets across Egypt on Wednesday demanding more freedoms andjustice, which they say have not followed the toppling of dictator HosniMubarak .
In Tahrir Square, the center of revolutionary protests a year ago, members of the long-banned but now politically ascendant Muslim Brotherhood blared religious songs and chants of "Allahu akbar" ("God is great"). A dozen large marches organized by secular groups converged on Tahrir from various parts of the city, chanting"Down with military rule!" and filling boulevards. The "non-Islamists" swarmed into the downtown plaza before sunset, jam-packing itto outnumber the Islamists.
"There is nothing to celebrate when people are dying, when people are being arrested and tried in military court, and when we are all still oppressed," Sharaf said.

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