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Egyptian Authorities Try to Stop Protests on Anniversary of Mubarak Fall

  • Protesters run for cover during attacks by police in Cairo, Jan. 25, 2015.

    Protesters run for cover during attacks by police in Cairo, Jan. 25, 2015. | Photo: AFP

Published 9 January 2016

Activists have been calling for protests on social media under the slogan “we will drop the tyranny.”

Egyptians authorities have warned people against holding protests to commemorate the fifth year since the Jan. 25 uprising that forced then dictator Hosni Mubarak to step down Feb. 11, 2011. 

“There are calls these days by infiltrators to attack the state, its institutions, and its people, through killing, assaulting and vandalizing,” claimed Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments Mokhtar Gomaa, adding that such calls were a violation of Islamic law. 

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The statement follows a campaign launched by activists who have been calling for protest on social media under the slogan “We will end the tyranny,” referring to the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who assumed power in 2013 after leading a military coup against Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically-elected president in the north African country. 

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The Egyptian government has been cracking down on any opposition since Morsi was ousted, receiving international condemnation, especially from human rights activists denouncing the killing of at least 1,400 opponents.

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According to local media, more than 45,000 people said they were joining the call on a Facebook event and nearly 400,000 others are invited. Human rights organizations say more than 302 people were killed during the 2011 uprising and more than 800 in the 2013 protests. 

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