Tens of thousands of Egyptians swarmed Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of protests that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, but the demonstrations show that the revolution is far from over. Despite the fact that Mubarak is now on trial for crimes against his people, the country is still controlled by a military council and a soon-to-be elected parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Some observers are saying that Wednesday protests show an Egypt that is even more divided than it was a year ago, as many activists remain frustrated by the lack of change. Says Paul Danahar of BBC News:
But if a year ago the people were united in one cause the scene in the square today also reveals their divisions. Before there was only one stage, one microphone and one message. Now there are many.
As they did a year ago, many demonstrators set up tents in the square and organized into camps, with some calling for an immediate end to the military rule. Egypt continues to be run under a "state of emergency" law first enacted by Mubarak when he took power back in 1981 and never fully repealed, even after he stepped down in February of last year. The law allows for "extrajudicial arrests and detentions" as well as swift military trials for dissenters.The army officers in charge of Egypt said on Tuesdya that they would lift that emergency law, but reserve the right to use its principles to combat a "thuggery," a vague, catch-all term that basically makes the edict useless.
The demonstrations on Wednesday have been mostly peaceful, though there are reports that Muslim Brotherhood supporters have shouted down attacks against the ruling military council.