egyptians strike.jpgEgyptians are planning to launch a strike and day of civil disobedience in protest against the ruling military council on the first anniversary of a popular revolution that toppled Egypt’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The move, planned by Egyptian activists, is aimed at putting pressure on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to hand over power to a civilian authority.

In a joint statement on Friday, the Egyptian youth groups urged people “to support these strikes in order to end the unjust rule and build a nation in which justice, freedom and dignity prevail.”

University students were set to begin protests from 0800 GMT on Saturday and others were expected to head to the iconic Tahrir (Liberation) Square in the capital Cairo.

The call for strikes comes after a series of protests were staged in Egyptian cities on Friday to demand an end to military rule in the North African country.

In Cairo, protesters marched to the Defense Ministry, shouting slogans against the head of the ruling military council Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

In the coastal city of Suez, protesters set a US flag on fire.

The ruling military has deployed extra troops and tanks in cities across the country in response to the call for a day of disobedience, saying that it would not bow to any pressure.