On the eleventh anniversary of the Egyptian uprising Twitter users continue to call on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to stand down.
For years the president has tried to whitewash human rights criticism and called on Egyptians to be patient with him, with the promise that they will see a different country.
2013 I will not run for president
2014 I have to make people better off
2015 Be patient for two years then hold me to account
2016 be patient with me 6 months only
2017 be patient and you will see the most amazing wonders
2018 you will see another country in 2020
2019 I don’t promise you ghee and honey
2020 I don’t sell you illusion
2021 I have always been honest and trustworthy with you
2022 This country cannot find food and is backward
Yet more than a decade on from toppling Hosni Mubarak and the hope of a new democratic era, Egypt is not only one of the most repressive regimes in the world, but the soaring price of basic goods, widespread unemployment and corruption has left the country’s population struggling to survive.
Many social media users are drawing attention to the 65,000 political prisoners in the country who are detained simply for opposing the government and systematically tortured.
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And the unresolved case of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni who was likely tortured and killed by Egyptian security officers in 2016 whilst conducting research into independent trade unions in Egypt.
Political analyst Abukar Arman highlighted French support for Egypt as the two countries consolidate relations through arms sales and economic deals.
[Timing] Tomorrow is #Jan25 11th commemoration day of Egyptian revolution agst tyranny.
Ever since the #RabaaMassacre Macron found the right pit bull in #Sisi. You may recall how the former decorated the latter with highest French medal- the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor. https://t.co/zIuwZSd4QM
— 4DialogSk (@Abukar_Arman) January 24, 2022
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The government’s recent announcement that it will raise the minimum monthly wage by 300 Egyptian pounds ($19) is the latest attempt to quell potential demonstrations as frustration soars. Egyptian political asylee living in Chicago, Aly Hussin Mahdy, asks why, if the salary raise is going to be implemented in July, was it announced before the anniversary of the revolution?
Sisi’s recent decision to increase the minimum wage and appoint 30,000 teachers is nothing more than a way to absorb the people’s anger and distract them from the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
I remember that after the revolution and the fall of Mubarak, when the military council took over, jobs were announced in the Ministry of Justice and application were by mail.
Despite erasing the murals of the uprising from downtown Cairo and removing references to the January revolution in the school syllabus, security forces are still terrified of the memory of the protests, comments Amnesty’s Egypt and Libya researcher.
11 years after the Egyptian revolution, security forces are still terrified of its memory. Over the next few days, will probably continue to see random phone checks, arrests and bringing downtown Cairo to a halt, as security forces have been doing ahead of previous anniversaries. https://t.co/bCUkIsyg9i
— Hussein Baoumi (@husseinmagdy16) January 19, 2022
Others are sharing their memories of the protests:
— ℉⍺⍑⚗⍺ 𓂆 (@3tefFatma) January 25, 2022
— N𓋪Cturnal Pharaoh🌙𓁭 (@NoctrnalPharaoh) January 25, 2022
And of the people who died.
— فۣۗـۙيۣۗہرۣوۣزۣ❣ ✌️ (@PnYzD9llcAxri23) January 21, 2022
January 25 will remain in all the free world as a day of justice and we'll never forget our martyrs in this great revolution ♥️🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/xNa0JTfpST
— Amr Abdel-Hakim (@DrHakimOfficial) January 24, 2022
One Egyptian says that the revolution is not a failure, it’s an unfinished success.
— ساره🕊 (@Sara22537515) January 22, 2022
Others believe it is an uncompleted dream.
— ToRkY (@EltorkyOnly) January 23, 2022
And that the revolution continues.
January 25, every Egyptian dream
On this day a few years ago, the dream of millions of Egyptians began
On this day a few years ago, the best of #Egypt's youth sacrificed for freedom and justice for all #Egyptians. The youth revolution continues.#ارحل_ياسيسي
— Muslim (@Muslim98F16) January 24, 2022