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Egyptians mark first anniversary of protests

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 05:27

Jan. 24 - A multimedia look at life in Egypt during the early hours of the 2011 protest which led to the downfall of Hosni Mubarak and reform across the Arab world.

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Nearly a year after Egyptians streamed into Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand democracy, Egyptians recall the early hours of the protest that would result in revolution in Egypt and trigger changes across the Arab world. Inspired by the downfall of Tunisia's president, Egyptians called for an end to President Hosni Mubarak's rule and clashed with police in what were called the Day of Wrath demonstrations on January 25, 2011. The 18-day uprising forced Mubarak from office on February 11 of last year. During the celebrations, the military had promised to govern for a transitional period of no longer than six months. One year later, and with less than a week until the January 25 anniversary, the military still remains in power, with growing public discontent over their handling of the transitional period. The celebratory images of the people and the army seen in the days after the announcement that proved Egyptians victorious, have been replaced with a year of crackdowns on demonstrators pressing for the realization of the demands that more than 800 people died for. The military has called on Egyptians to celebrate on Jan. 25 and avoid trouble.

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Egyptians mark first anniversary of protests

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 05:27