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Mon 25 Jan 2016

Egyptian authorities expect protests on anniversary of the 2011 uprising

Egypt marks the anniversary of beginning of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, also known as the Lotus Revolution, in which a series of mass popular protests lead to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on February 11. 

Opposition groups including the banned Muslim Brotherhood and left-wing activists called to hold mass demonstrations on the day. 

In December, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi warned that government critics should not hold protests out of the risk of destabilizing the country.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi warned critics on Tuesday not to hold protests on Jan. 25 to mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, saying a new revolt risked destroying the country. Opposition groups including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, families of political prisoners, and left-wing activists are calling for mass demonstrations on Jan. 25, 2016 — which marks five years since the start of an 18-day uprising that ended autocratic president Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year grip on power.

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