Egypt police disperses rallies against Mubarak acquittal

Dozens of political activists rallied Tuesday evening in the Abdel-Moneim Riyad Square, which is adjacent to the iconic Tahrir Square, to protest the exoneration of Mubarak.

Egypt police disperses rallies against Mubarak acquittal

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian security forces on Tuesday dispersed two rallies in Cairo and the central Beni Sueif province to protest a recent court ruling clearing former president Hosni Mubarak from charges of conspiring to kill protestors in 2011.

Dozens of political activists rallied Tuesday evening in the Abdel-Moneim Riyad Square, which is adjacent to the iconic Tahrir Square, to protest the exoneration of Mubarak.

Protestors chanted slogans against the former president and the Interior Ministry, prompting security forces to fire teargas to disperse them, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

A similar protest was staged in Beni Sueif on Tuesday but was quickly dispersed by security forces, according to eyewitnesses.

Meanwhile, dozens of journalists staged a demonstration near downtown Cairo to denounce the court verdict.

On Saturday, a criminal court dropped charges against Mubarak, his interior minister and six former security officials that they had conspired to kill protesters during a 2011 uprising that forced Mubarak out of power in early 2011.

On Tuesday, Egypt's attorney general appealed the verdict citing legal flaws.

The ruling has invited the ire of many Egyptians with some relatives of the slain protesters taking to the streets to protest the autocrat's acquittal.

Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were both sentenced to 25 years in prison in late 2012 for ordering the murder of demonstrators during the 2011 uprising.

The court later, however, ordered a retrial after the former president's lawyers successfully appealed the sentence.

 

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