Following Mubarak's Acquittal, Egypt's Tahir Square Protests Turn Violent
Following the acquittal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in connection with the murders of over 800 people in 2011, thousands of protesters convened in Cairo's Tahir Square on Saturday demanding justice. The protests unfortunately turned violent, with at least one person killed and eight others injured, an unnamed government official told NBC News. More than 40 protesters were arrested, and Egyptian authorities also reportedly resorted to using tear gas to disperse the couple thousand protesters.
The demonstrations broke out in Cairo after a court decided to dismiss Mubarak of the charges of conspiracy to kill hundreds of protesters during Egypt's Arab Spring in 2011 — the 18-year uprising that led to Mubarak's outsing and the overthrow of his oppressive regime. Mubarak was initially charged and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 239 protesters, but an appeals court ordered the retrial.But now that Mubarak has been cleared, Egyptians who saw his defeat and original conviction as a pathway to freedom are angry. BBC News reports that the 2,000 people descended onto Tahir Square on Saturday were both liberals and conservatives, as well as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, Mubarak said in a television interview that he "did nothing wrong at all.""There is no justice for the poor," Ramadan Ahmed, who lost his son Mohammed during the 2011 Arab Spring protests, told BBC News. "This is Mubarak's law."Police reportedly used tear gas and water cannons to hold off the crowds, sending people running into side streets. According to RT News, Egyptian police later released a statement saying the use of force was justified.
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