Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brawl Breaks Out In Courtroom At Mubarak Trial in Cairo

Call it frustration, anger, resentment or fear. The emerging democracy in Egypt has it all.

Fights reportedly broke out yesterday in the courtroom and in the streets of Cairo during the third appearance of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial for allegedly ordering secret police to fire on unarmed pro-democracy protesters during Egypt's Arab Spring revolution.

Defense lawyers clashed inside the courtroom with detractors of the defrocked Egyptian leader. Police had to break up the brawl, according to multiple reports.

During a moment of order, the first witness testified that Mubarak did not order the killing of protesters at Tahrir Square.

So far there is no video of the brawl. Judges banned cameras from the courtroom to protect the identity of witnesses at the trial.

Outside the courthouse pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators mixed it up, as well.

Clearly democracy demands patience.

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