Egyptian Protesters Demand Early Election (Video)
Tens of Thousands protest in Tahrir Square
Violent clashes continue in Cairo's Tahrir Square as protesters demand a speedier transition to elected government. You can see eyewitness video from Tahrir Square below.
This challenges the commonly-accepted Western narrative of Hosni Mubarak's ouster. We tend to see it as a triumph of populism, but it was really a populist-fueled military coup.
Meanwhile, the US govenrment said that it will hold the Egyptian military council to its commitments, but did not elaborate on how it intends to do so.
Egypt Military: 'Elections by July 2012'
The Egyptian military council has promised presidential elections by June 2012. This offer was immediately rejected by the protesters. Chants of "Leave, leave now" were difficult to misinterpret.
In a televised statement, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi sought to paint the Egyptian military as unwilling custodians of the country, even though the army has held power for nine months, and Parliamentary elections are only now about to take place.