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Friday, January 27, 2012

Over 1,000 were detained in Egypt amid widespread protests
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On January 27, 2011, more than 1,000 Egyptian protesters were detained as demonstrations against the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo and Suez intensified. The violent and widespread protests in Egypt eventually resulted in Mubarak's resignation on February 11, 2011. Following his resignation, Mubarak faced allegations of abuse of power and culpability in the deaths of protestors. He pled not guilty to the charges in August 2011, including murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors in the trial are currently seeking the death penalty. The unrest in Egypt and other Arab nations, popularly referred to as the Arab Spring, has been attributed to civil unrest in Tunisia that toppled the regime of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in December 2010.

Egyptian coat of arms

Learn more about Hosni Mubarak and Egypt from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on Mubarak's resignation from JURIST Guest Columnist Shafiq Jamoos in Hotline.

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