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Monday, January 25, 2016

Anniversary of a Lost Revolution

Today's fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian Revolution was marked quietly, with security forces banning demonstrations; many of the activist of 2011 are now in jail. While President Sisi praised the Revolution, the government normally speaks of "the Resolutions of January 25 and June 30," bracketing the 2011 uprising with the 2013 revolt against Muhammad Morsi. Also, more attention is being de oted to Police Day, also on January 25. (For background, see this post.)

As telling an image as possible is the contrast between Tahrir then and now:

1 comment:

David Mack said...

No surprise that there has been a conservative Thermidor reaction to the revolutionary forces that were released. But I did not expect it to happen quite so soon. The achievements of Abedlfattah Bonaparte would make Husni Mubarak blush with embarrassment.