Author: Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt) Posted June 4, 2012
A mass of protesters demonstrated for the second consecutive day in Tahrir Square in reaction to the verdicts against the leaders of the former Egyptian regime. The protesters urged “unity against the remnants of the former regime” as hundreds of them marched toward Egypt’s high court. Students from the Cairo and Ain Shams universities joined the demonstrations and demanded that others go to the “Freedom Square” to complete the January 25 revolution and to establish a revolutionary court for the deposed president and his aides.
The protesters marched from the square to the higher court, chanting slogans like, “The people want to purge the judiciary!,” “Freedom, freedom!” and “Void, void!” (referring to the verdicts). They implored nearby residents to join the protest and some protesters raised the Egyptian flag and banners on which was written: “Caution! Egypt is going backwards.” They demanded that the political disqualification law be applied to presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, since he was an aide to the former regime.
Due to the hot weather, some protesters stood in front of tourist shops, chanting demands that the judiciary be purged, that military rule come to an end, and that the political disqualification law be implemented.
At 9am on June 3, people began to gather in Tahrir Square. The march began in front of the tourist shops, and dozens walked around the square without obstructing traffic.
Protesters were shouting many slogans, such as: “The people want to unify the protest squares,” “We don’t want internal discord, we want to bring justice to those who died,” “Salafist, secular, Coptic, Brotherhood... We are one,” “We will not forget those who died,” “People, wake up! Enough silence!” and “You judges were our only hope, after God... but you judges have violated God’s reign!”
The Kifaya Movement displayed a large sign in Tahrir Square that said, “Our martyrs do not want us to give in to the conspiracy. A revolutionary court is a must. We promise you, martyrs, that another revolution is coming.” Officials from the General Doctors’ Syndicate declared yesterday that they set up a field hospital in Tahrir Square to treat any of the protesters’ injuries and urged doctors to volunteer their services.
The Syndicate demanded that the former regime’s leaders be tried in court to achieve justice for the blood of the martyrs. They said, “The Egyptian Doctors Syndicate has complete respect for the judiciary’s verdicts and expresses its confidence in Egypt’s judges. However, it finds the verdicts issued against former president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, his interior minister Habib al-Adli and his aides to be shocking for doctors and citizens, and especially the parents of the martyrs. The Syndicate believes that these verdicts were based on incomplete documentation and that a lot of evidence was deliberately destroyed in order to come to such a verdict.”
The statement placed responsibility on Mubarak, Habib al-Adli and aides for the crimes committed against millions of Egyptians in past years. Such responsibility is applicable “whether they were among those who drowned in the ship bound for Europe in search of job opportunities not available at home, died of disease due to lack of treatment, died in the 2002 Upper Egypt train disaster as they were going to see their families to celebrate the holiday, drowned in the 2006 al-Salam 98 ferry incident, if they were excluded from government jobs or if they suffered and are still suffering from poverty, unemployment and lack of food.”
In a related context, members of the Tahrir Square Physicians Association also expressed “shock” at the verdicts for Mubarak and his aides yesterday, saying, “There are no words to express our strong condemnation of this verdict. It runs contrary to what the Tahrir Square Physicians Association witnessed when it took part in the January 25, 2011 revolutions. Some of us were court witnesses in those cases, among them the killing of protesters, of which Mubarak and al-Adli are accused. Some of us saw with their own eyes the deliberate killing and injuring of protesters by live bullets,” indicating that some of the injured are still receiving treatment while others have died, unable to see this dark day in Egyptian history, the revolution and the Egyptian judiciary.
The statement confirmed the Tahrir Square Physicians Association’s presence at the square, and that some of its members and leaders are demonstrating. They have stated that they are ready to set up a field hospital if the need arises.
Cairo and Ain Shams university students took part in protests as a way of completing the January 25 Revolution. They demanded that a revolutionary court be established to try the former regime’s leaders, saying that hope lies in completing the revolution and not in the presidential candidates.
The Ain Shams University Student Association participated in the protests alongside revolutionary forces to denounce the acquittals of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak as well as six of al-Adli’s aides. The students described the trial as a “pathetic theater” performance by the military council, the judiciary and Mubarak’s family.
The students stated that they would never accept the continued and blatant electoral fraud, nor would they accept a new military ruler from the old regime after all of their efforts to the contrary.
The student association called on all university students to gather in front of the Egyptian Museum and demonstrate against the judiciary verdicts. The rest of the university’s political bodies announced a march from the university to Tahrir Square, coordinating with each other to attract the largest number of students and to avoid conflicting exam dates.
The Student Association of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University stated on their website that they took part in the Tahrir Square protests and called on students to take to the streets and complete the revolution and to establish revolutionary courts that would try the former regime’s leaders and satisfy the parents of the martyrs. “The hope today lies in taking to the streets and completing the revolution, not in the presidential candidates who have already sold the revolution,” they said.
They added, “Justice has been lost within a regime that has not yet fallen. They deceived the simple people when they said that they are praising and protecting the revolution. They venerated the revolution’s martyrs when the revolution was strong, and then they turned around and denied the rights of the martyrs that they had praised.”
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