Egypt protest: Voices from Tahrir Square


Crowds have continued to fill Cairo's Tahrir Square in protest at the verdicts in the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and others. Mubarak and former interior minister Habib al-Adly were given life sentences while six former police chiefs were acquitted.

Many demonstrators are also frustrated by the presidential elections which will see Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, in a run-off against the candidate of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mursi.

The BBC's Yolande Knell and Yousef Shomali met some of them.

Lubna Yousef

I don't feel that there is real justice in Egypt after the trial of Hosni Mubarak and particularly because of what happened with Habib al-Adly's assistants.

I don't think there was justice in the elections. I think [hardline leftist candidate] Hamdeen Sabahi should have gone through to the run-off with Mohammed Mursi instead of Ahmed Shafiq. He won in several regions of Egypt.

We want our revolution to continue and succeed and that's why we are all back here in Tahrir Square one way or another. Our feelings are a mixture between anger and disappointment but still when you see that once again people are united with one purpose, it does give you hope.


These trial results were awful and it's about time to protest and say "no". It is unfair. Those people acquitted can never be innocent.

They should never be free to return to their old positions. But still, I definitely have hope. It's never too late for us to make a change.

That's what the revolution was all about. This diversity of people in the square makes me sure everything will be OK. You see that all Egyptian people are involved. It's not a certain sect or party. It's everyone.


It's quite obvious that after one-and-a- half years we have been waiting for a new country, for a new regime, but nothing has happened. We gave our trust to the [ruling] Supreme Council of the Armed Forces but they have led us into a drama.

We have the option to choose between the old regime and the old radical Islamic fundamentalists. This was always the process by which the old regime worked, to make you afraid so you would feel you had to choose them. But don't think the whole country will sit by while this happens. The revolution is on again.

This time we're going to dictate our requests and they have to be fulfilled.

Ahmed Hafez, NGO worker

We are here because we demand to know why the verdict was announced in the trial of Mubarak, his sons, the interior minister and the police officers - on what basis? We know there was a lot of evidence that was kept hidden.

After the revolution we have the right to know about this. We're camping here until our demands are met. We're from an NGO called We Are Watching You. Its goal is to monitor and report on elections and all that is wrong in the country.


I came to Tahrir Square a lot in the last year. I feel very sad at what's happening now. Some of the people that we consider responsible for what happened in Egypt previously want to come back to power, like Ahmed Shafiq. He wants to be president.

There is no way this can happen! Everything would be the same. We just have to protest and say we refuse it. We want to topple the regime.

Suzanne and Danya Zaki (mother and daughter)

Suzanne: I cried when I heard the verdict. I was so disappointed in the decision. This is another way the military has let us down. Now I want to continue our revolution. I'm back in Tahrir Square with my daughter and her fiance. We're back united, "in one hand", as we say in Arabic.

Danya: We won't do the election because it's not fair to be left with a choice between just Shafiq or the Brotherhood to run our country. I wanted to come before but I didn't come after the verdict because I had an exam. I am happy to be here once again among all Egyptians.

Ikram Zayad, al-Wafd party member

I'm here to protest about the decision of the judge on Saturday. It was illogical. He made Mubarak and Adly guilty, but not Adly's assistants. How did the police kill the protesters?

Mubarak and al-Adly didn't go from the presidential palace to kill protesters with their own hands.

I think that maybe the judge was trying to make Egyptians happy by thinking only of the main newspaper headlines but he didn't find strong evidence to find the police guilty. Why? Because of the Interior Ministry. This is a reminder there is still no new system in place. We need professional police like you see in the FBI or Scotland Yard.

All along the ruling military has made a mistake. It thought we just had a revolution to topple Mubarak but what we said was clear - the people want the removal of the regime.

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