Thousands of Egyptians have packed into Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of the revolt that brought an end to the three decades rule of Hosni Mubarak.
The revolution has exposed divisions in Egyptian society, with each faction laying claim to ownership of the uprising.
Youth groups called for the end of military rule, while the Muslim Brotherhood celebrated its recent success in the country’s most democratic elections since 1952.
Still, Egyptians from across the political spectrum turned out to remember the events of January 25, 2011.
“We are here to celebrate last year’s Egyptian revolution and to honour our martyrs, said one man.
For one woman the revolution goes on: “I am not here to celebrate I am here to continue the revolution, because as yet nothing has changed.”
In an attempt to appease the crowds the ruling military council pardoned some 2,000 people convicted in military courts since the fall of Mubarak and announced a partial lifting of a 30 year state of emergency.