Two years ago Cairo’s Tahrir Square was full of protesters calling for Hosni Mubarak’s removal. His release made the front pages but caused little disturbance. However, some Egyptians see it as a sign that the Arab Spring revolution in 2011 is being rolled back.
‘‘Really you feel wronged when you hear this news. Why did we have a revolution? You know these past two years, was it to change summer time to winter time, and to change the digits on a cellphone? Really, you feel as though you’ve been wronged, and tomorrow we have to start from the beginning again and say ‘fall, fall Hosni Mubarak’,” said Sameh Mohamed a resident of Suez.
“We’ve lost everything. Now the police state will return, injustice will return, and every other negative thing that we had hoped would stay away from us is back. They’ve released Mubarak, and they’ve released Habib el Adli, and everyone else in the former regime. What’s left is for him to rule us again,” said Samy Al-Assal from Port Said.
At 85 it’s unlikely he will make a political comeback, but his release has been hard to swallow for the country which remains deeply divided.