Egypt has freed the sons of Hosni Mubarak from jail while security forces killed around 20 people, mostly Islamists, protesting on the fourth anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising that has left the country with the same kind of dictatorship under a different name.
Gamal and Alaa Mubarak had been in jail for nearly four years until a judge last week ordered them to be freed after they were exonerated on charges of embezzlement
Their father Hosni Mubarak had ruled Egypt with an iron fist until the “Arab Spring” swept into Egypt in the middle of the winter four years ago and, with the open support of the Obama administration, forced him to resign.
A temporary military regime replaced him and continued his legacy of murdering opponents. The Muslim Brotherhood, again with the blessings of Washington, took over after “democratic” elections that to this day are questioned concerning the veracity of the results.
Another uprising forced out the Muslim Brotherhood regime, and Egypt now is under the thumb of former general and now President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, whose security forces “celebrated” the uprising for freedom earlier this week by killing 19 or 20 protesters, depending on which report you want to believe. A policeman also was killed.
Sisi last year announced an outline for democratic reforms, which apparently do not allowed for street demonstrations against his regime.
Now that Mubarak’s sons have been cleared of charges of corruption, the most glaring results of the uprising are more than a thousand graves in the cemetery.