Egyptians still protesting

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Marco Werman: Egypt's former leader, Hosni Mubarak, has been summoned by the country's prosecutor general for questioning. Mubarak could be facing a trial on charges that he used his three decades in power to amass vast wealth. It was two months ago exactly that the Egyptian leader was ousted after weeks of popular unrest. But the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square continue. Today hundreds of protesters are barricaded there. They are angry at Egypt's military rulers for using violence over the weekend, in an attempt to clear the square. Two protesters were killed. Hayat Guergues is one of those Egyptians still protesting. She is a member of the group called the Executive Committee to Defend the Legitimacy of the Revolution. Tell us, Hayat: Mubarak is gone. What do you and the other protesters want now?

Hayat Guergues: We're still protesting for the trial. No trial has been taking place so far.

Werman: And you are talking about a trial of former President Mubarak?

Guergues: The former President Mubarak, the ex-Minister ____ ____, everybody who killed some of us and tortured us during the starting of the revolution. No one had been trying. All the requests of the revolution have not taken place. It's like we are on an iceburg and Mubarak is only the edge of the iceburg. Nothing, nothing is taking place. The military has nothing to do with the political life in Egypt. Its role is to go back to Mubarak and leave us to deal with coming period, the transition period, until we get through the election.

Werman: Does that also mean that you want the military, Egypt's military, to step aside?

Guergues: Yes, please. That's what we want. We don't want the military council as the one who is ruling the country in the transition period.

Werman: Well, this weekend the army resorted to using live ammunition to inimidate protesters in Cairo. How worried are you for the future of your country when things like that happen?

Guergues: We are not that worried, to be very honest. I've been there in Tahrir. We're not worried about what's going to happen because, after all, we are the people, the nation with the revolution. And if we have to fight with the army, we will. But it's not going to happen. We are not Libya; we are not Yemen. Hopefully this is never is going to happen. It's just going to take some time to convince the army and to push the army to show good intentions. I tell you something: ____ supports at night after the curfew time. After the curfew time, we are there, waiting for the army to kill us, like what happened on Saturday morning. So next day after what happened, we came back to Tahrir Square, saying to the army, "We're here if you want to kill us." People are ready to die again for this country.

Werman: And after this interview is over, you are going back to Tahrir Square. How long will you stay?

Guergues: I'll go there to spend the night. Waiting, to make sure that we're there, and if anybody comes, we are there, not leaving the people alone. We are all together.

Werman: Hayat Guergues, thanks very much for speaking with us.

Guergues: You're welcome.

Werman: Hayat Guergues is a member of the Executive Committee for Defending the Legitimacy of the Revolution. She was speaking with us from Cairo, Egypt.

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