Egypt shuts down Tahrir Square after Mubarak ruling

Security authorities used armored vehicles and barbed wire to block entrances to the square, the center of the revolution against Mubarak in 2011

Egypt shuts down Tahrir Square after Mubarak ruling

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian authorities on Saturday blocked all entrances to central Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, a short time after a criminal court had dropped charges against ex-president Hosni Mubarak that he had incited the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 revolution that erupted against his regime.

Security authorities used armored vehicles and barbed wire to block entrances to the square, the center of the revolution against Mubarak in 2011, eyewitnesses said.

They added that police and army armored vehicles also made their presence noticed in the square, especially near the Egyptian Museum, which contains thousands of artifacts.

Anti-riot police and army vehicles were, meanwhile, seen across the square, especially close to the US embassy in Cairo, while troops seemed to be in a state of high alert at square entrances and exits. Army helicopters also roared in the sky over the square.

Tahrir Square has been a no-go area for activists since the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July of last year.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, a criminal court dropped charges against ex-president Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister and several Interior Ministry officials that they incited the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 uprising that put an end to Mubarak's three decades of rule.

Hundreds of demonstrators were killed during the revolution, while thousands of others injured.

Dropping the charges against Mubarak and the Interior Ministry officials was expected to usher in anger and violence, especially in revolutionary circles.

 

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2014, 16:11
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