Activists suspend protest in Tahrir Square during Ramadan
Egyptian protesters camped out in Cairo's Tahrir Square announced on Sunday they will suspend their sit-in during the month of Ramadan and will return to the square to press for reforms after it is over. Activists have been occupying Tahrir Square since July 8 to denounce the military junta's handling of the transition.
A total of 26 political parties and protest movements said in a joint statement their three-week sit-in had succeeded in achieving some of their demands, "pushing the Egyptian revolution a step forward." "But based on our belief that sit-ins are a means, and not a goal... the political parties and youth movements have decided to temporarily suspend their sit-in during the holy month of Ramadan," they said, according to AFP.
They stressed that they "will return once again after the Eid (feast marking the end of Ramadan) to protest peacefully in Tahrir Square so that the rest of the demands are met."