Egypt’s military releases Tahrir detainees

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 May 2011

A military court releases protesters and those who attacked them on a forced evacuation carried out by the military of Tahrir Square on 9 March

All those arrested by Egypt’s military during Tahrir Square's forced evacuation 9 March have been released, according to members of the No to Military Trials of Civilans group. Others arrested on other occasions, however, are still detained. 

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) declared on their official Facebook page that all 120 arrested on 9 March will have their sentences reduced and suspended. Those sentenced to seven, five or three years will have their sentence reduced to only one year and suspended. Those sentenced to one year will have their sentence reduced to six months and suspended.

SCAF had called to end the Tahrir sit-in but protesters refused to leave the square because the January 25 demands had not yet been met. On 9 March the military forcibly evacuated the square.

On 9 March the army was assisted by what the protesters labelled as "thugs" who chanted as they attacked the demonstrators in the sit-in "the people demand the evacuation of the square." However, those “thugs” say they are workers in shops downtown angry because they claim the sit-in negatively affected their business.  

Both attackers and protesters were arrested that day.

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