12/01/2014, 00.00
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Mubarak acquittal sparks protests in the universities

Demonstrations, banners and slogans in the universities of Alexandria, Minya, Ain Sham. Two people killed; nine wounds; 85 arrested.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Protests continue to rage in Egyptian universities after the acquittal of former President Mubarak from the charge of having contributed to the killing of many protesters during the Arab Spring uprising that led to his fall.

Holding images of the "martyrs" killed by the army, the students in the universities of Alexandria, Minya and Ain Shams, have demand justice to the call of "Down with Mubarak!".

On 29 November, the Cairo Criminal Court acquitted the former leader, his former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six helpers of all charges related to the killing of protesters during the revolution of January 2011. Until the fall of Gaddafi , in February 2011, at least 800 people were killed.

In a first trial, in June 2012, Mubarak and others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the evening, after the ruling, at least 2 thousand young people demonstrated near the historic Tahrir Square, defying the government order prohibiting unauthorized demonstrations. Security personnel dispersed the demonstration using tear gas. Two people were killed, nine injured and 85 demonstrators were arrested, including four journalists. The demonstrators were part of secular liberal groups and Islamists. Both argue that with the rise to power of General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the spaces of freedom in Egyptian society have been reduced even more than in the time of Mubarak.

The majority of the population supports al-Sisi because he is ensuring order and security, allowing for an economic recovery, and is fighting Islamic terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula.


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