Revolution in Egypt

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  • protest begins

    protest begins
    Inspired by the recent revolt in Tunisia, the citizens of Egypt began protesting on Jan. 25, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of protesters packed into Tahrir Square in Cairo and protested poverty, unemployment, government corruption, and their dictator-like president, Hosni Mubarak.
  • No internet or cellphone service

    2 days after the protesting begins, the government shuts down the internet connection and cell phone services, with the help of international firms.
  • Mubarak uncooperative

    Mubarak uncooperative
    On Jan. 28, Mubarak made a speech acknowledging the citizens discontent, and announcing that a new government was on the way. However, he refused to step down. Mubarak had been in power for 30 years, and people just wanted him out.
  • new government

    Mabarak anounced his new government and swore them in, though this didnt satisfy the protestors. He also distanced himself form the economic policies of his son, which caused the large gap between rich and poor.
  • no re-election

    Mubarak announces that he will not run for re-election, but still refused to step down immediately and leave the country, desperate to hold onto power. This is still not enough for protesters who have not let up.
  • internet returns

    internet returns
    After 5 days of no internet or cellphone connection, it returns in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria. Cutting internet was an attempt to stop protesters from spreading videos and communicating the happenings.
  • army imposes

    army imposes
    When the clash between government supporters and government opposers turned violent, the army had to interfere and break them up. Foreign journalists were beaten with sticks and fists by pro-government mobs. The prime minister later apologized for the occurance, and promised to investigate who was behind it.
  • "Day of Departure"

    "Day of Departure"
    Protesters planned to come together in massive numbers and demand in one voice that Mubarak step down. People filled Tahrir Square for the traditional Muslim midday prayer, and when prayer ended they started chanting "No negotiations until he leaves!"
  • strikes

    strikes
    Strikes launched by state workers broke out across the country. In Assiut, 8,000 protesters set flaming palm trees as barricades to block the main highway to Cairo.
  • Mubarak resigns

    Mubarak resigns
    On feb. 11, 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed over control to the military. He then left the country. Protesters celebrated in the streets, finally free from the 3 decade long rule of Hosni Mubarak.
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