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    Posted June 2, 2012 by
    arasquare
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    Cairo, Egypt
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    Turbulence, violence in the Middle East

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    Protests erupt over Mubarak trial

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     arasquare says thousands of people gathered in Tahrir Sqaure to express their anger over Mubarak's verdict and sentence. "People called for a second uprising to achieve their demands that haven't been achieved yet. They also called for the implementation of the political isolation law that should ban the ex-regime presidential candidate, Ahmed Shafik, from running for presidency."
    - kfbrinkley, CNN iReport producer

    Hundreds of thousands of angry Egyptians took to the streets of Egypt to express their anger and dissatisfaction with the outcome of Mubarak's trial. Major protests took place in the cities of Cairo, Suez and Alexandria. Huge crowds gathered in Tahrir square and the other main squares in the country. I shot this video in Tahrir square. The spirits were high and the chants were against the military rulers and Mubarak's regime. Egyptians of all ages, genders and political backgrounds took part in the protests. The protests today were spontaneous just like the 25th of Januray, there were no calls for protests on that day. It's just a reaction to the verdict. Why are people not happy with verdict? The verdict didn't meet the expectations of the people in Egypt. People wanted Mubarak, the former minister of interior Habib Al Adly, and their aides to be executed for killing and wounding protesters as an eye for an eye. What happened is that Mubarak and Adly were sentenced to life imprisonment while there aides were acquitted. Their aides are the top police generals including the head of the central security forces that carried out the killings and the head of the state security that is responsible for torture and enforced disappearances of thousands of Egyptians through the past years. According to lawyers, Mubarak and Al Adly will appeal and may be acquitted too based on the acquittal of their aides. The second thing that made people angry, is the acquittal of Mubarak and his sons on corruption charges although their economic and political corruption is obvious to everyone. So people think the whole trial is a farce. Mubarak's generals are still in power and the top judges in the judiciary system were appointed by Mubarak too, so the regime is still as it is and it's illogical that a regime will try itself. Today's verdict was like a spark that re-ignited the revolution again.

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