Egyptian security forces fire tear gas and birdshot to disperse protesting crowds, after a court drops its case against former President Hosni Mubarak. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Egyptian police forces dispersed a demonstration in central Cairo on Saturday (November 29) evening, where protesters denounced a court decision to drop a case against former President Hosni Mubarak in connection with the deaths of 239 demonstrators in demonstrations in 2011. Forces fired tear gas and birdshot and aimed water hoses on a crowd of around a thousand demonstrators who had gathered in downtown Cairo. The protesters chanted "The people demand the downfall of the regime" and other anti-state slogans that were popular during the 2011 uprising. Earlier on Saturday an Egyptian court had dropped its case against Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and accountability. Mubarak, 86, was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators, sowing chaos and creating a security vacuum during the 18-day revolt, but an appeals court ordered a retrial. Many Egyptians who lived through Mubarak's rule view it as a period of autocracy and crony capitalism and considered it a victory to see him behind bars. His overthrow led to Egypt's first free election but the winner, Mohamed Mursi, was ousted last year by then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, following protests against his rule.