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Government, Brotherhood fail to attract Egyptian youth

Both the current Egyptian authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood have failed to attract the support of the youth, while women participated in the recent referendum to support stability.
A youth stands in front of a barbed wire fence set up by soldiers after night clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2013. Egyptian police fired teargas to drive protesters out of Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday, breaking up a demonstration commemorating 42 protesters killed two years ago while opposing the government that took power after Hosni Mubarak's downfall. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) - RTX15LMN
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The youth are the ones who launched Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. Furthermore, they influenced, in one way or another, the regimes that came after the revolution, and they led the deposition of elected President Mohammed Morsi. Despite this, their turnout in the constitutional referendum held Jan. 14-15 was markedly low. This confused the state apparatus in Egypt, but was welcomed by the Muslim Brotherhood, who attempted to win the youth over in their battle with the regime.

On the third anniversary of the revolution, many youth took to the streets, protesting against the current regime with the same slogans they used on Jan. 25, 2011. These slogans include: "Bread, freedom, social justice" and "The people want to overthrow the regime." They also added chants of "Down with military rule." Yet, after violent confrontations between the police and demonstrators left 62 dead, the youth decided to protest on the anniversary of Jan. 28, 2011, which was called the "Friday of Anger." 

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