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Cairo's streets silent on 9th anniversary of revolution

Egyptian security forces closed down cafes, searched citizens and went through their phones ahead of the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

Egypt's main squares witnessed an increased deployment of security personnel after the Ministry of Interior issued instructions to beef up security ahead of the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. The instructions, which are not public, circulated after rare anti-regime protests broke out in September 2019. The efforts seemed to have worked, with the day passing with little fanfare.

National security and general security officers affiliated with the Ministry of Interior were deployed, in addition to riot police, in anticipation of possible protests Jan. 25 in the main squares of Cairo and Giza, notably Talaat Harb Square, Tahrir Square, Esaaf Square and Ramses Square. Police forces are still deployed in those squares until the end of the week to ensure that no incidents take place.

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