EGYPT

Sharm el-Sheikh residents: ‘We want Mubarak out!’

 Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday, April 12, in front of the hospital treating ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. They were demanding his removal from the city and immediate trial in an Egyptian court.

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Protesters gathered in front of the hospital treating Hosni Mubarak on April 12. Posted on Twitter by @ahmed_fci.

 

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday, April 12, in front of the hospital treating ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. They were demanding his removal from the city and immediate trial in an Egyptian court.

 

The following day, Egyptian officials announced that the ailing former president and his two sons would be placed in custody for two weeks. They are to be questioned as part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters during the wave of unrest that prompted Mubarak’s resignation last February.

 

Mubarak, 82, was expected to be transferred to the International Medical Centre on the outskirts of Cairo, but he ended up remaining in Sharm el-Sheikh after allegedly suffering a heart crisis while undergoing questioning. The state news agency MENA reported that he was in an “unstable condition”.

 

His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were transferred to the Tora prison complex in Cairo, home to other fallen officials and some of the country's most notorious political prisoners.

 

Protests in front of Mubarak's hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh on April 12. Video posted on YouTube by 3NNnews.

"The protesters were chanting ‘kick them out’ and other anti-Mubarak slogans"

Yomna El Yessily, 22, is a broadcast student and freelance writer. She witnessed the protests in Sharm el-Sheikh.

 

The people of Sharm el-Sheikh feel that Mubarak’s presence has been holding back tourism, which is their main source of income. People say he has brought bad luck over the city and want him out. Yesterday between 350 and 500 protesters demonstrated in front of his hospital, which was surrounded by security forces. The protesters chanted ‘Kick them out’ and other anti-Mubarak slogans like ‘Where is the thief we want our money’ and ‘Mubarak (…) where did you get 70 million?’ [in reference to the fortune Mubarak reportedly amassed during his presidency].

 

I personally believe Mubarak should be prosecuted for the crimes he committed during his presidency, but I think he is too old and sick to go to jail. He should be placed under house arrest or banished instead. People in Egypt are divided on this last point – some think he should be tried like any citizen, while others believe he should be granted special treatment due to his fragile health.

 

There are no such qualms regarding his sons, however. Gamal especially is universally despised, and Egyptians want him punished. Mubarak’s wife Suzanne is also disliked and many would love to see her behind bars. There is less talk of Amal. I believe they should all face a fair and impartial trial, like any Egyptian citizen.

 

Video posted on YouTube by OnIslamOfficial.

Post written with FRANCE 24 journalist Lorena Galliot.