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Six years on, Egypt's revolution still alive

Those who participated in the January 25 Revolution, who experienced great euphoria but then deep despair, now see a sliver of hope thanks to a recent court ruling.
Demonstrators from the 6 April movement, Ultras and anti-military groups shout slogans with a lit flare during a protest against government military rules and against Egypt's Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, at Talaat Harab square in downtown Cairo, January 22, 2014. Hundreds of protesters opposed to the current military-backed regime took to the streets in downtown Cairo on Wednesday echoing demands reminiscent of Egypt's 2011 revolution. The protest comes days before the anniversary of the uprisin

On Jan. 25, 2011, protests demanding “Bread, Freedom and Social Justice” erupted in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities. Inspired by the uprising in Tunisia that 10 days earlier had succeeded in bringing down the autocratic Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime, the protests in Egypt began as demonstrations but quickly evolved into a full-scale revolt with tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathering in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand “the downfall of the regime.” When longtime president Hosni Mubarak announced that he was stepping down less than three weeks later, the Tahrir pro-democracy activists erupted into jubilant celebrations that lasted into the early hours.

“We were taken completely by surprise; no one had expected the regime to fall so quickly,” Zeinab Mohamed, a blogger known to her readers as Zeinobia, told Al-Monitor.

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