A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Five Years Since the "Friday of Rage"

January 28, 2011 was the first Friday after the outbreak of the Egyptian Uprising, and became a crucial turning point. Protesters called for nationwide demonstrations, clashes were widespread.The Muslim Brotherhood announced it was joining the protests.

By evening the Army rolled into Cairo, and the demonstrators welcomed them, the beginning of  the "Army and People are one hamd" myth which would prove a fantasy. Five years ago today, so much seemed possible.

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