Mubarak Eyes Release as Egyptian Military Continues To Kill

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Mubarak Eyes Release as Egyptian Military Continues To Kill

As violence continues in Egypt, reports have emerged that ousted president Hosni Mubarak may soon be released from prison. He was overthrown in 2011 after decades in power and, according to his lawyers, has been cleared of corruption charges and may be released within the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the death toll is approaching 1,000 from the past several days of violence. Hundreds were killed over the weekend, including dozens of detained supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Dozens of police and security officials have also been killed, but the vast majority of those who have been killed over the past week have been supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch described recent events as the, quote, worst unlawful mass killings in Egypt's modern history. Over the weekend, the Armed Forces chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, gave a nationally televised speech saying the army and the police are the guardians of the will of the people.

Joining The Real News Network to discuss the latest news out of Egypt is Noha Radwan. She's an associate professor of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of California, Davis. Radwan was born in Egypt, was among the participants in the 18-day Tahrir protest in January to February 2001. She's speaking from from Berkeley.

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