Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was freed on Friday from the Cairo hospital where he had been detained for six years -a decision that brought about different reactions from the Egyptian public.
Some were angry, seeing an end to a revolution that once gave them hope. Others saw in it a redemption of the sort...
YallaFeed, StepFeed's sister publication, interviewed some Egyptians on the streets. Here's what they had to say about it.
Most elders expressed their satisfaction and happiness with the decision, while the younger generation expressed their discontent. To them Mubarak's release is the final nail in the revolution's coffin.
"I have been praying for this moment for so long"
Mariam Saad, a housewife in her mid-50s, expressed her happiness with the release of Mubarak.
"The decision is late. Mubarak is a respectful man that sacrificed for the sake of the country. The revolution was a conspiracy," Mariam said.
"I have been praying for this moment for a long time. We were living our best days during his rule. The prices were not that high and all goods were available. We are paying the price of the revolution. The peace and security we had during his rule are missing now," she added
"Now, we are facing hunger and murder. May Allah give him better days. I used to cry over what he was facing and I knew that the revolution will only bring us death."
"He robbed the country, but what happened to the money?"
Walid Adel, a university student, thinks that Mubarak robbed the country dry, but no one knows where the money is. He laughs when he remembers how people thought they would be able to divide his fortune -which at the time was though to be $70 billion- among the people.
"They began planning the distribution of his money although we do not know whether it is stolen or not. Maybe it is just a rumor," Adel said.
The twenty-year-old sees that after the war, Mubarak had a golden opportunity to make the country better since the situation "was suitable and people had higher incomes from tourism, investments, and the Suez Canal."
"He made it worse. He robbed the country and because of that people faced more poverty, illness and illiteracy. Mubarak ruled for thirty years and made no change in the country, but he made the situation worse. He deserves 100 years of imprisonment," Adel added.
"God is punishing us"
A fifty-year-old furniture seller said: "God is punishing Egyptians because of the injustice Mubarak faced. The Egyptian people accused Mubarak of corruption and theft, so God has been punishing us for six years. Mubarak made changes in the country after the war. The youth who revolted against him do not know the meaning of war, hunger, and poverty. Mubarak changed this, while they accused him of corruption. If the rich can't live with the current high prices, how can the poor do it?"
"The education in Egypt was poor during his rule"
Abdel Rahman Mustafa, a young architect said that Mubarak had failed in running the country. "If the potential of Egyptians was well invested in during his rule, we would have had a developed country. But he killed all hope, and only scammers thrived."
"Literacy in Egypt was poor during his rule," Mustafa added, "because schools followed the curriculum imposed during the rule of Mohamad Ali ... The curriculum, although it is based on memorization, is still used today."
This article was originally published on YallaFeed in Arabic.