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Can Sisi reconcile with Egypt's youth? Does he even want to?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proclaimed 2016 to be the Year of the Youth, yet young people continue to be arrested and oppressed, which could result in the emergence of secret activities, especially by Islamists.
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CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s declaration of 2016 as the “Year of the Youth” came as security forces were arresting hundreds of citizens just days prior to the five-year anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. The forces raided and shut down cultural cafes in central Cairo, where young people frequently hang out.

Speaking in front of a group of carefully selected youths Jan. 9 at the Cairo Opera House, Sisi proclaimed the year would honor young people. While some Egyptian newspapers said the announcement was an effort to reconcile with youths, many young people mocked Sisi’s discourse on social media. Some posted photos of young people in prison and of recent police violations against opposition youths.

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