Egypt’s Violent Clashes With Youth Leave Over 1000 Hurt
By Charlotte Young
Here’s the number one reason never to omit any of the names of dead relatives in a national memorial event: violence may ensue.
On late Tuesday a memorial event was held in Cairo to remember the lives lost during the uprising that led to the disposal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. After some family members began complaining that the names of their deceased loved ones were not mentioned at the ceremony, the event soon turned into a clash.
Reuters reports that the complaints erupted into violence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Interior Ministry, leaving over 1,000 people injured, including at least 40 police. It was the first case of large-scale violence in Tahrir in weeks.
Some young men were still launching stones and scrap metal at the Interior Ministry on Wednesday morning. While the ruling military council announced on its Facebook that there is “no justification” for their continued destruction other than to “shake Egypt’s safety and security,” others see it as a demonstration of the unhappiness at the proceedings following Mubarak’s ousting.
The former president gave up rule on Feb. 11 after 18 days of rioting and uprising. But now the court dates for the cases against his top officials keep getting pushed back. Mubarak, who is charged with killing protesters, could face the death penalty. His trial is set to begin on August 3rd.
With little detail and vague information given to the people on future court proceedings, political analyst Hassan Nafaa acknowledges that the delay in justice signifies the source of tension in Egypt.