Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak’s appearance in court on Monday has reignited tensions between people for and against him.
His supporters were outside the court, where some brought rocks to throw at their opponents. Many are angry the ex-president is on trial, especially as he is supposedly suffering from ill health. One of his supporters said he thought the trial was undignified: “As an Egyptian citizen, I feel sorrow to see President Mubarak, the leader during war and peace, appear in such a situation. It’s an insult for each Egyptian.”
Running battles broke out between the two factions and the police tried to keep them apart.
Those against Mubarak were equally vocal. Another man criticised the slow process of trying their former leader in court: “When they were arresting us during the revolution, we would be put on trial within 24 hours. So why has he not been sentenced yet after six months? It’s because he’s still the president. He’ll be in charge for six more months until the regime is finished.”
The regime that some people find lacking is the military rule that has been in charge since Mubarak stepped down in February. Many say they are frustrated that Egypt still has not achieved democracy.