CAIRO: Two people were killed and nine were injured during the Saturday evening dispersal of a protest in Abdel Moneim Riyad Square near Cairo’s Tahrir Square against a court’s Saturday morning dismissal of murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak, according to Ministry of Health spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar.
Hundreds gathered at Abdel Moneim Riyad Square, as Tahrir Square was sealed off in anticipation of the protests. Following the court dismissal of charges against Mubarak and his police chiefs, almost no official or officer has been found guilty in the 2011 killings of January 25 Revolution demonstrators.
Sunday morning, Tahrir Square was still sealed off with armored vehicles and barbed wire, and bags are being searched at checkpoints in the area.
Dozens were arrested then released at the protest, except for four men, according to the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. Some of those detained were reporters. Egyptian TV channels did not dedicate significant segments to the protest.
Calls to take to the streets emerged on social media Saturday afternoon, and pictures from the demonstrations began to appear online around 4 p.m. The police began the dispersal at around 8:30 p.m. The protesters were chanting slogans against Mubarak and the current regime, but police spokesperson Hany Abdel Latif told Hayat TV the protest began “very peacefully” before being “infiltrated” by the Muslim Brotherhood, who he said threw rocks at security forces. Tear gas and water cannons were observed being used by security forces to disperse the crowd.
The banned Islamist group MB is one of the parties that advocated the protests, alongside the leftist April 6 Youth Movement and independent activists.
The Freedom for the Brave, a group that works to document information on political detainees, reported the two victims killed at the Saturday protests were 28 and 24, and their injuries resulted from the use of live ammunition. Freedom for the Brave attributed the information to a doctor named Ahmed Mamdouh.