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Thousands gather in Tahrir Square to protest Mubarak’s verdict

Security forces dispersed demonstrators with water cannons and teargas; many protesters arrested

Thousands gathered in Tahrir Square to the Cairo Criminal Court's decision to drop charges against Mubarak.
Thousands gathered in Tahrir Square to protest the Cairo Criminal Court’s decision to drop charges against Mubarak.


Hundreds of people began to gather in Tahrir Square in the early evening on Saturday to protest against the Cairo Criminal Court’s decision to drop all charges against former president Hosni Mubarak, including murder charges for his role in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 25 January Revolution.

As the police and the armed forces closed in on Tahrir and sealed off streets leading to the square, with metal gates as on Qasr Al-Aini, or with barbed wire backed by armoured personnel carriers as on Mohamed Mahmoud, Talaat Harb, and Tahrir streets, the protesters coalesced in Abdel Moneim Riyadh Square and around the north-eastern side of the Egyptian Museum.

When I arrived at the scene around 8.30pm the crowd was in the thousands and growing larger by the minute, as more and more people arrived from Qasr Al-Nil, Champollion, and other streets feeding into Abdel Moneim Riyadh Square. The protesters were young and overwhelmingly male. One slogan I heard was, “We don’t care if Mubarak is out or inside, we will take our right.” Other mottos took aim at President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the military.

Ahmed Nagi, a graffiti artist who participated in the 2011 revolution, found himself in the neighbourhood and joined the demonstrations. “When I heard the Mubarak verdict I felt like our revolution had been photoshopped–I felt like they erased our revolution.”

Ahmed said some of his friends were killed during the 2011 revolution. “I remember a friend of mine, Mohamed Mahrous, who was shot dead in front of the police station in Islamic Cairo on January 28. I remembered all the people who died in Tahrir during the revolution. I knew Mubarak would be free in the end, I knew that would happen, but still this verdict makes me so angry.”

At one point, larger groups within the crowd began to advance towards Tahrir while chanting ash-shab yurid isqat an-nizam (the people want to bring down the regime), a slogan that first emerged during the Tunisian revolution and that quickly become one of the most popular mottos of the January 25 revolution in Egypt.

The crowds next to the Egyptian Museum, in front of the barbed wire and the armoured personnel carriers, facing the bright white sagoma of the Mugamma on the other end of Tahrir Square, were becoming larger and increasingly compact, their voices louder and louder.

At first, I advanced with them. Then security forces opened the water cannons and seconds later they began firing teargas.

I decided to take off but Ahmed did not run. “My soul is on my hand. I don’t care anymore, I am not scared,” he said.

Teargas canisters began to fall nearby and most protestors dispersed, with many running towards Champillon and Qasr Al-Nil streets. As I left the area, security forces in plain clothes appeared suddenly and began to grab and detain demonstrators. Social media reports confirmed numerous arrests.

Mubarak, now 86, was overthrown in 2011, after 18 days of massive popular protests. The Cairo Criminal Court stated that 289 people were killed and 1,588 injured across 11 governorates in the first week of protests, from 25 January to 31 January 2011.

Mubarak always denied issuing orders to kill protesters in his testimonies before the court. Habib Al-Adly, who was minister of interior from 1997 to 2011, also denied any involvement in the killing of protesters.

All charges against Mubarak and Al-Adly were dropped on Saturday, as the judge ruled the case was “inadmissible” on technical grounds.

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  • ilussions

    EGYPT is finished bc now that the Zionists have taken over the helm courtecy of isarel and us , there is no more hope for the Egyptians now , bc that Zionists and puppet al sisi is a real jew on his mother’s side , and there fore was groomed and appointed through a coup detat as head of Egypt to only SERVE isarel..

    • Robert Larrance

      What a silly thing to say. You actually blame Zionists? Why not blame Martians or maybe the color blue? Maybe if you extracted yourself from the endless cycle of religious paranoia and convinced others to do likewise there would be a little more hope in your part of the world.

      • ilussions

        YOU are a moron , that feeds on crap coming out of the main sleaze zio- news , I have facts and sources that tells me that al sisi mother is morroccan jew , and therefore does not surprise me to have witnessed in recent months how easily this scum was ushered in to power so quickly without a whimper from the isarel and the west puppets and stooges any condemnation from israel and the west by hijacking power and ousting the egytian democratically elected government .. so go and immerse your self with zio-shit ..

        • Robert Larrance

          Thanks for the kind sentiment, sweetheart. I’m afraid where I come from we don’t judge someone based on the origin of their mom though to borrow your lack taste and manners let me add that I suspect your mother might be of the dromedary variety. I’m not sure of your dad, but to carry on in the same manner let me add that I doubt that your mom is quite sure of his identity either. Are you accessing the web from another century? Its clear that you don’t live in the current one. Best regards, my dear friend.

          • ilussions


          • Robert Larrance

            My goodness, after all of our years together I can’t understand how you, my bosom buddy, my true friend, my blood brother can turn into such an animal! Did the zoo keeper forget to put the Prozac on your breakfast meat today?

          • Hate MB

            I agree with you !

  • habzz

    Don’t really care because after watching the protesters attack and rape women in the streets of Tahrir Square you couldn’t pay me to go there. They made their bed and now they can deal with the consequences.

  • jeffmast

    those killed were Jihadists Muslims-they are not human,hence it can’t be murder

    • Ibrahim Siddiqui

      Anyone who opposes US or Israel is now a Jihadist right? A new definition of “terrorist”: anyone against US and Israeli policies? What a joke;

    • Abullah

      Hopefully this is sarcasm? If not, this is Nazi-style inanity. According to this logic, Mubarak and Sisi are jihadists, Egyptians and should thus kill themselves.

    • Sally Wilton

      stupid comment, the protesters were just young people who want freedom from this Arab socialist police state.

  • Federico Manfredi

    People, please, can we have a reasonable discussion? @jeffmast there were no “jihadists” in Tahrir tonight; @habzz the fact that attacks on women occurred in Tahrir is loathsome–but that has nothing to do with police brutality against peaceful protesters; @ilussions so you blame Israel and the Jews for what’s going in Egypt? Really? Really? Get real and read a book or two before spewing nonsense.

    • Robert Larrance

      Great post Federico. Thanks for your sanity.

    • ilussions


      • ilussions


    • Hate MB

      Dont Think about ilussions, he seems to be a retard !!

  • Learned_Goyim

    l am sad by today’s verdict from this kangaroo court. I am not Egyptian but I fell in love with your country and its people and have lived and visited there right after the revolution. I had high hopes that Egypt could have been the largest democracy in the middle east. It came so close but the dark forces and their retrograde media are still in control of Egypt’s official narrative. It is true that the biggest mistake the youth who took to Tahrir Square was that they weren’t prepared for what history had set for them. They were duped into trusting the military as the caretaker of their revolution. They felt also betrayed that the Muslim brotherhood hijacked their revolution. I kept telling my Egyptian friends that democracy is not a quick process. That despite that Morsi was economically shaky and that he was not inclusive, but at least the process had started, that in 3 remaining years they would have the chance to correct the course, but most of them were inpatient, driven mainly by elite media who worked tirelessy to dicredit the revolution and Morsi alike. They truly believe that anyone one could manage things better than the MB, not realising that no one could have turned around a country which had been neglected for over 30 years.
    Fast forward 2 years later and they are back where they started. In fact it is worse now that no one believes in the democratic process after much wasted sweat, blood and tears. What a waste!

  • sam enslow

    There is an excellent essay in Opinion by Mohammed Nosseir, “How does Egyptian culture influence its politics?”
    Mubarak was not charged with ordering the killings of protesters. He was charged with not ordering the killings to stop.
    I have no use for The Brotherhood or for any religion in politics, but it appears that it had become easy to call anyone who questions the powers that be an Islamist. This is like McCarthyism in the US when anyone questioning the senator was called a commie sympathizer.
    There were real causes for the 25 January Revolution. None have been addressed.

  • Alfredos

    Good for Mubarak. Egypt flourished under his rule. Now he can relax in Sharm El Sheikh and have a brew…

    • Sally Wilton

      You call most of the population living on less than a dollar a day flourishing? Go stick your head in the sand

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  • wisemanager

    My understanding is the current regime is a consequence of the Muslim Brotherhood running the country for the benefit of their cronies following the Egyptian Arab spring protests. During their time in office they failed to take the establishment with them and paid the price. Now the most important outcome for Egypt is stability and improved living standards for all. It now remains to be seen if El Sisi can deliver.

    • Sally Wilton

      no , you are all wrong. Sisi is just the old reqime with a different face. The very regime that the protesters died for. Stability just means ‘staying the same’

      • Hate MB

        What the hell do you know? Do you live in this country? You sit and talk as if you lived here and know! If the MB had been in the United States and tried to create an extremist community, you had slaughtered them like pigs, and you would have ignored everything related to human rights and democracy. And you’re playing almighty now !!! Go and fucking die !! Go and give back furgesons life if you can, you fucking hypocrites!

        • Sally Wilton

          More than than you think. My husband is Egyptian and just out of jail after the army tried to grab his quarry, they nearly killed him after he was in hospital for 2 months as well. Yes I have been living in Egypt but had to escape to the UK after they took him numerous times. I don’t like the MB either btw. 2 bad ones don’t make a good one. Dont believe that there is anything good about military rule.

          • Hate MB

            Then your husband is probably a MB supporter! Otherwise, they would have no reason to arrest him !? You do not sit in jail two months without a reason !!

          • Sally Wilton

            thats an idiotic thing to say, he is not an MB supporter, he has been in the military 5 times and worked in the police. He isn’t even Muslim. You are just clutching at pathetic straws to try and attack me when in reality you know nothing about me at all. My husband is a businessman and quarry owner in Upper Egypt. That is why the military tried to grab his assets. They are not a force for good as you naively believe. They are greedy and selfish and out for themselves. I don’t like MB and don’t like Military. Neither of them are any good. Watch and you will see.

          • Hate MB

            It’s not true what you say !! Al Sisi government is working hard to get the Egyptian economy going, and helps and supports businesses. They would hardly choose a small business to loot as you say! That said your husband has certainly done something to get the police to act!

          • Mubarak is a terrorist

            Your willful ignorance and guillibity known no bounds. Trusting a dictatorship is dumb.

          • Mubarak is a terrorist

            You are an idiot of epic portions. Prove your accusations or shut up, you sleazeball.

  • Imane Hajji

    Egypt heading back to the dark ages .. its really bad !!

    • rado


      • Imane Hajji

        Tu t’adresse a ta maman 4sure 😀

        • rado

          You and your mother! STUPID whores!!

          • Smarter Boss

            You have developed Stockholm syndrome after being molested by the terrorist Mubarak.

        • rado

          You Hamas loving whore!! You are one of their whores, who has been sent rounds to sexually satisfy MB supporters and write your propaganda messages. Fucking whore !!

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