- Title: EGYPT: Egypt remains under a state of emergency as new Mubarak trial looms
- Date: 24th August 2013
- Summary: NEWSPAPER HEADLINE READING IN ARABIC "The People Stand against the Brotherhood remnants" MAN READING NEWSPAPERS AT STAND
- Embargoed: 8th September 2013 13:00
- Location: Egypt
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Crime,Politics
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- Story Text: Traffic on the streets of Cairo slowly returned to normal on Saturday (August 24), as Egyptian commuters still living under a curfew imposed by the military, rushed to run errands.
Egypt's military imposed an 11 hour curfew on Cairo and several other cities after security forces last week broke up two protest camps demanding the return of deposed president Mohamed Mursi.
It is expected to last for the next month and whilst Cairo resident Atef Hanafy understands the reasons for the military's decision it still affects his work.
"If only the curfew would be delayed until 10 or 11 pm it would be great. But otherwise regarding state security, we need it and the people need the security to return because chaos has become a reality now," he said.
Egyptians are enduring the bloodiest civil unrest of their modern history after the military overthrew Mohamed Mursi on July 3 following demonstrations against his rule.
Defending the judicial authorities who ordered the release of former autocrat Hosni Mubarak from jail, Cairo resident Fathma Ezzat believes the state is moving towards one ruled by the law.
"Egypt is on the way to becoming a state of rule of law because in the current situation, we could have seen the public prosecutor make an exception to the law and not release Mubarak if the judiciary was politicised," and that El Sisi is just an extension of Mubarak's regime. All these things could have been said. But the fact that Mubarak was released according to the law is proof that state is a state of rule of law God willing and that there will be no politicization of the judiciary again," she said.
Mubarak was released on Thursday (August 22) and sent to a military hospital where he is to be placed under house arrest.
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