posted at 04:00
Author: Louise Roug
Protests in Cairo after judge drops charges against Mubarak
CAIRO, Egypt - After an Egyptian judge on Saturday dismissed charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolution, more than 1,000 people demonstrated near Tahrir Square where the uprising first took place. "The verdict [had] to absolve Mubarak because everyone in the current regime is implicated." While the protesters who gathered on Tahrir Square managed to depose Mubarak, their hopes for a more democratic society were thwarted when Abdel Fattah Sisi, a military general, took power earlier this year. "Sisi is one of the men of Mubarak," said Mahienour El Massry, a prominent activist and human rights lawyer. "How can he condemn Mubarak? He was part of the regime." Along with Mubarak, charges were also dropped against his interior minister and six aides over the deaths of almost 900 demonstrators. "We went to Tahrir in order to put Mubarak behind bars," said The Big Pharaoh, a prominent Egyptian blogger. Prior to the Mubarak announcement, the army had mobilized around the country, placing troops and Armored Personnel Carriers throughout heavily trafficked urban areas and planned protest sites.

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