CAIRO -- Several thousand Egyptian protesters are demanding the country's military rulers put an end to emergency laws dating back to the rule of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The much-hated laws give police almost unquestionable powers, and activists say they are to blame for much of the human rights abuse that occurred under Mubarak, who was ousted in February.

Friday's rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other cities were held under the banner "Reclaiming the Revolution."

The latest criticism of the ruling military council also centers on a law governing the parliamentary election process that begins at the end of November. Critics say the law favors Mubarak-era officials. Activists and political parties are threatening a boycott.