Egyptians denounce Mubarak regime; Hold Tunisia-style protests

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January 25, 2011 19:54

Egyptian demonstrators hold up placards during a protest in central Cairo to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Photo - Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Who: More than 20,000 civilians.

What: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities of Egypt despite massive riot police presence demanding political and economic reform in a protest inspired by recent Tunisian uprising. Anti-government demonstrators chanted “Down with (President Hosni) Mubarak,” who has been in power for three decades, breaking through several police cordons near Cairo’s central Tahrir (Independence) Square and down the Corniche along the nearby Nile.

Where: The protests reportedly took place in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailiya, Al-Mahdia, Suez, Mansoura, Tanta and numerous other cities across the country.

When: The protests come on the Police Day, a historic event in Egyptian history when the police forces took to the streets in Ismailia to fight the British Occupation on 25 January, 1952.

Why: Egyptians confront evils like rampant inflation, widespread corruption and cronyism, high unemployment and no toleration of dissent on a daily basis. “We are gathered here to demand our rights. We can’t live. Everything is expensive and there is unemployment. We want prices to go down. This government is the reason for our suffering,” said Ibrahim, 33, in Mahalla el Kubra, the site of 2008 riots over subsidised bread shortages and price rises.

How: Around 40 percent of Egypt’s 80 million population live on around two dollars per day, with a large part of the population relying on subsidised goods. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his National Democratic Party exert the same iron grip over formal politics in Egypt as President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali’s Constitutional Democratic Rally did in Tunisia until just a few weeks ago.

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