Protests erupted at universities across Egypt on Sunday, condemning a court decision to drop criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak, the president whose ouster in the 2011 uprising raised hopes of a new era of political openness.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Cairo University, waving pictures of Mubarak behind bars and demanding the “fall of the regime,” the rallying cry of the Arab Spring uprisings that shook governments from Tunisia to the Gulf in 2011.
Police stood ready at the gates to bar students that sought to take their demonstration into the streets, Reuters reports.
An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule.
The ruling was seen by activists as the latest sign that the rights won during the revolt are being eroded.
While the decision could be met with a rebuke from Washington, it is unlikely to upend a relationship that has strengthened during the United States-led campaign against Islamic State.
Cairo’s strong public support for the campaign demonstrates how far Egypt has come in restoring its place as a premier U.S partner in the Arab world since last year’s authoritarian crackdown in Egypt and military takeover.
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