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Mon 25 Jan 2016

Egyptian authorities expect protests on anniversary of the 2011 uprising

Abdul Fatah al-Sisi

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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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