Some 3,000 of people rallied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square (photo, from aljazeera.net) in order to call for prosecution of Hosni Mubarak who was toppled on February 11.
More protesters were expected to arrive after Friday prayers and join the crowd chanting “The people want to try the deposed president”.
Although protests have been held regularly since the president was ousted, the numbers might increase because the Muslim Brotherhood – the largest and most organised opposition movement – said it would join Friday’s rally.
In order to pressure the ruling military council to bring to justice former regime members as well as to pass promised reforms, activists called the rally “Day of Trial and Cleansing”.
These prosecutions are viewed by numerous Egyptians as one of their revolution’s key achievements.
In a sweeping probe into corruption, several former ministers and members of Mr Mubarak’s National Democratic Party are being investigated. However key figures still need to be brought to justice, said pro-democracy activists.
On Thursday, former presidential chief of staff Zakariya Azmi was arrested. He was the highest ranking ex-official to be jailed since Mr Mubarak stepped down and he is accused of using his powerful position to amass a fortune.
Interior minister Habib el-Adly, housing minister Ahmed Maghrabi, and tourism minister Zuheir Garana were also arrested since February 11.
And former president Hosni Mubarak is living in the Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh, under house arrest.