Demonstrations for and against Mubarak outside TV building

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Apr 2011

Army keeps opposing demonstrators apart

Hundreds of people are currently demonstrating outside Egyptian state television headquarters in Maspiro.

Supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak are calling for him to be honoured and not insulted. They view him as a symbol of Egypt for the last 30 years, and a hero of the October war. Raising banners and the Egyptian flag, they prayed loudly for his recovery. 

At the same time, another demonstration is being held attributing corruption in Egypt's politics, society and economy over the last 30 years to Mubarak. These protesters are demanding quick trials for the symbols of the former ruling National Democratic Party. They went on to accuse the Mubarak supporters of being nothing more than hired actors staging a fake demonstration. This almost led to fighting and violence breaking out between the two camps.

The two demonstrations were kept apart by a cordon of army soldiers.

The numbers of demonstrators brought traffic on the Corniche to a halt in the area.

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