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Thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square protest verdicts in Mubarak trial

 

Thousands of Egyptians poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday night to protest against controversial verdicts acquitting ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s sons and former security figures.
 
The protesters were joined by Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Mursi, Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, and moderate Islamist candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh.
Mursi earlier called on Egyptians to continue their "revolution" and vowed that he would push for a retrial of Mubarak and his sons if he is elected president.
 
All of us, my brothers, must realize in this period that the continuation of the revolution, and the revolutionaries' staying put in their positions in the squares, is the only guarantee to achieve the goals," he said at a news conference.
 
The Egyptian Brotherhood movement has been strongly criticized for having refused to join liberal movements in protests last year against the ruling military council. 
 
The Brotherhoods were repeatedly described by many liberals as traitors of the revolution, and the powerful movement’s decision to join protests Saturday in Tahrir is likely to reconcile it with the Egyptian liberal street.
 
Thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets across Egypt after Mubarak and his interior minister were jailed for life and six police chiefs were acquitted over last year's deaths of protesters.
 
Several political groups, including the Brotherhood movement, announced plans to remain in protest squares across the country through the night and to continue protesting until “justice is established.” 
 
Both defense lawyers and lawyers representing Mubarak's alleged victims said the verdict, in which the court paradoxically said it could not determine that police killed protesters, could be easily appealed.
 
"Down with military rule!" the protesters chanted.
 
"Either we get justice for our martyrs or we die like them," a section of the crowd shouted.
 
Mubarak and his aides were accused of ordering and complicity in the deaths of some of the 850 people killed during the 18-day uprising that ousted the dictator on February 11, 2011.

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