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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Mubarak and sons detained: Egypt reacts


Egyptians celebrate Wednesday outside Sharm el-Sheikh courthouse where the ousted president's powerful sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were questioned by prosecutors. (Amr Nabil - AP)
Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons detained for 15 days for questioning about the origins of their family’s wealth and government suppression of the protests that ousted Mubarak from office.

Mubarak will be interrogated at Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, where he is being treated for a minor heart attack he suffered during earlier questioning.

As his sons Alaa and Gamal were taken to Tora Prison outside Cairo Wednesday, this video (via Web site Arabawy) was taken.

The video is said to show protesters calling for Gamal and Alla’s execution, accusing Mubarak of being an American agent, and chanting “Thieves!” The demonstrators also demanded that Mubarak’s sons be transferred to Tora Prison in a police, not private, car. WATCH:

On Facebook, a joke page was created called ‘sit-in til the release of Hosni Mubarak, a man who has served his country for 62 years’. On Flickr, users posted photos of a Mubarak doll hung in effigy. And on a Mubarak Games blog, readers could play a ‘Mubarak shooter’ game.

AFP released a timeline of Mubarak’s decline.

On Twitter, many reacted to the news the Mubarak family’s arrest with elation, sarcasm, pride, or near-disbelief:

Gamal Mubarak to direct a new film entitled: O Mommy, Where Art Thou.. #Egypt #Mubarak #PortoToraless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Wow.The Mubaraks are detained for 15 days pending investigation? Am I dreammmiiiinngg? #PinchMe #Egyptless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Prediction of the world ending in 2012 - I think it was meant for #Dictators. #Egypt #Libya #Syria #Mubaraks #Gadaffi #Basharless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Let's not forget the protesters serving now sentences handed down by military tribunals. They helped making the Mubaraks' arrests possible.less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Guys be proud,we are pioneers. We are the 1st in this region to see that day, this generation reopened the long closed justice door #Egyptless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

By and James Buck  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/13/2011

 
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