For the first time since early July Tahir Square in Cairo was empty of protestors today after a decision was made by the organizers that a major demand is going to be fulfilled with the beginning of the Mubarak trial on 3 August.
Most of the Egyptian protestors decided to suspend the sit-in in Tahrir Square, considering the upcoming trial of former President Hosni Mubarak as the first step to meet their demands. About 26 groups and parties decided to leave the square after a sit-in that lasted since 8 July and which developed into a million rally on 30 July with big participation of Islamist groups.
The trial against former president Hosni Mubarak and former interior minister Habib el-Adli is expected to begin on Wednesday, charges include the killing of peaceful protestors during the anti-government demonstrations in January and February. Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, and el-Adli’s six aides will also stand trial. The court proceedings will be broadcasted live on the Egyptian Television, the head of Cairo Criminal Court Ahmed Refaat said at a press conference on 31 July.
(Sources: Xinhua; 1 August 2011)