Egypt is marking five years since the uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.
On the eve of the anniversary, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi paid tribute to the events of 2011, which ended Mubarak’s 30-year reign.
“Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday. We are building together a modern developed civilian state that upholds the values of democracy and freedom,” el-Sissi said in televised comments.
The protesters behind the 2011 uprising had hoped for a new era of reform and an end to repression. But some believe that the hopes of the revolution are now long gone.
“The 25 January revolution was a wonderful dream that we’ve sadly lost. We dreamt that Egypt would be better.@
“I used to work in Aswan before the revolution and tourism was great back then. But after the revolution, everything changed and there was no work, so I came to Cairo to find work,” said boat owner Mazid Mohamed.
Five years on, #Egypt is once again a police state: https://t.co/N3mRpDCBDm
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El-Sissi was elected in 2014 following the ouster by the military of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.
The government has been cracking down on street protests. A recent spate of arrests, coupled with stepped-up security in Cairo, are clear efforts to try to ensure that this anniversary is not marked by demonstrations or violence.
The Brotherhood (banned in #Egypt) announced 35 marches today in Cairo / Giza – couldn't locate any of them or see any reports on them.— Bel Trew – بل ترو (@Beltrew) January 25, 2016