Egypt: Protests erupt following Hosni Mubarak sentence

Sunday, June 03, 2012
Hosni Mubarak
Credit: Presidenza della Repubblica
Cairo/Alexandria: Thousands of Egyptian flocked to Cairo's Tahrir Square and other city centers to call for a harsher sentence for ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

It seems that the court has failed to appease some Egyptians who have taken to the streets in protest against outsed Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown cities including Cairo and Alexandria on Saturday after Mubarak and former interior minister Habib al-Adly were convicted for their roles in the 2011 massacre of hundreds of protesters.

In Alexandria, protesters chanted "We are done with talk, we want an execution!"

The court has acquitted Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, of corruption charges.

Prosecutors had called for the death penalty for Mubarak, the only leader toppled in the Arab Spring uprisings to be tried in his own country.

Jubilant Mubarak opponents initially embraced and wept outside of the Cairo courthouse as the verdicts were announced, but the mood changed when it became clear that the former president and other former officials had not been convicted on all charges.
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