Tahrir's baby rebel: woman gives birth to 'Tamarod' during Egypt protests
Thousands gather in the iconic Tahrir Square on June 30 (AFP)
An Egyptian woman who gave birth to a baby girl has named her daughter “Tamarod” or “Rebel” after the opposition grassroots campaign of the same name, the opposition group’s website reported Sunday.
Ayman Zain, a doctor working for a field hospital in Tahrir Square, helped the opposition supporter give birth to Tamarod Mohammed at dawn in Tahrir Square on June 30.
“God bless the revolution’s new born baby ‘Tamarod,’”read the opposition group’s website.
Opposition forces in Egypt had long warned of mass protests on June 30 to call for the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s regime. Staying true to their word, thousdands of demonstrators appeared in the iconic Tahrir Square on Sunday waving red cards and demanding that President Morsi step down.
Vying to unseat the president, the opposition has called for early elections. The opposition described Egypt’s presidential elections in 2012, which led to an Islamist-dominated parliament, as not representing the country’s various segments.
Of Egypt’s more than 80 million population, 25 million people are eligible to vote yet the 2012 presidential elections saw a low turnout. President Morsi also didn’t win by majority when he acquired 51 percent in votes ahead of Ahmed Shafiq, the ousted regime’s last prime minister, who obtained 49 percent.
In a petition to unseat President Morsi, Tamarod said it had collected about 22 million signatures by Sunday, nine million more than the 13 million votes Mursi garnered in last year’s elections.
The grassroots group said it has also sent the signatures to the Presidential Palace.