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.
2013لن أترشح للرئاسه
2014لازم أغني الناس
2016اصبروا عليا6شهور بس
2017اصبروا وهتشوفوا العجب العجاب
2018هتشوفوا دوله تانيه في 2020
2019لم أعدكم بالسمن والعسل
2020لاابيع لكم الوهم
2021كنت دائما صادق وأمين معكم
2022البلد دي مش لاقيه تاكل ومتخلفه#ارحل_ياسيسي pic.twitter.com/Bz9YwPrBUi
— اليس فى بلاد العجائب✪ (@Alice_Egy2) January 24, 2022
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.
Writing that's dangerous to those in power
As the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution approaches, @MiriamASch reviews a collection of writings by imprisoned activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah#FreeAlaa https://t.co/VdOjsAtAhB
— Socialist Worker (@socialistworker) January 20, 2022
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.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers
Giulio Regini 💛 #٢٥_يناير pic.twitter.com/KANiGUA7UQ
— Mariam_mehanna719 (@Mariam7187) January 25, 2022
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
— Abukar Arman (@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?
هتجنن من اللي اسمهم "نخبة" محسوبة على المعارضة وطالعين بيشيدوا بقرار السيسي لزيادة ٣٠٠جني في الرواتب
الموضوع اكبر من زيادة بعض الجنيهات
القرار ده ما هو الا محاولة اخيرة لتهدئة الوضع في مصر
واكبر دليل، ان الزيادة هتطبق في شهر يوليو
طب ليه اعلنت عنها قبل ذكرى الثورة؟#ارحل_يا_سيسي
— Aly Hussin Mahdy (@AlyHussinMahdy) January 18, 2022
قرار السيسي الأخير بزيادة الحد الأدنى للأجور وتعيين ٣٠ ألف مدرس ماهى إلا وسيلة لإمتصاص غضب الشعب ولإلهائهم عن ذكرى ثورة ٢٥ يناير
أذكر أنه بعد الثورة وسقوط مبارك وتولى المجلس العسكرى مواليد الحكم تم الإعلان عن وظائف بالنيابة الإدارية وكان التقديم عبر البريد
— Fathi Fathy (@FathiAh91863646) January 18, 2022
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:
قولنا زمان للمستبد ان الحُرية جايه لابد…#25_يناير pic.twitter.com/t9IBnBJ0cs
— ℉⍺⍑⚗⍺☕️ (@3tefFatma) January 25, 2022
Unforgettable moments from 25 January 2011✌🏽✊🏽
(Every pic has its caption) #25_يناير pic.twitter.com/e4MsXA40gR
— N𓋪Cturnal Pharaoh🌙𓁭 (@iHeshamm) January 25, 2022
11 years since the day every Egyptian hoped for a better Egypt in Tahrir Square, for "Bread, Freedom, Social Justice". Something that we still desire, not only in Egypt, but in every part of the world.#٢٥_يناير #ميدان_التحرير pic.twitter.com/wLqKEzUarZ
— Mohamed El-Brolosy (@MohamedBrolosy) January 25, 2022
And of the people who died.
رحم الله من صمتوا للأبد ليكون لنا كرامة
المجد لشهداء #25_يناير #ارحل_يا_سيسي pic.twitter.com/tUAOMgmZtC
— 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.
It's not a failure. It's unfinished success.#ارحل_ياسيسي #ارحل_يا_سيسي pic.twitter.com/81y8UviVPw
— 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗵 𝗘𝗹𝘀𝗮𝗸𝗮🕊 (@Sara22537515) January 22, 2022
Others believe it is an uncompleted dream.
11 years ago
Uncompleted dream 💛#ارحل_ياسيسي pic.twitter.com/TBzy00dwGl
— 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