Monday, January 25, 2016

Fifth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution marked by security concerns

On Monday, Egypt marks the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, amid wide anticipation and concern from the Egyptian government about what may happen in terms of protests and violence.

When it comes to non-Islamist political parties and movements, this year won't see any street-based or public activity or commemorations, unlike in previous years.

"The parties of the Democratic Current decided to organise events at their headquarters," Khaled Dawood, official spokesperson of the Constitution Party, told Ahram Online.

The Constitution Party is a member of the liberal-leftist, pro-25 January Democratic Current, as are the Nasserist Popular Current and Karama Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party and the Socialist Party.

The Democratic Current parties are also commemorating the first anniversary of the killing of Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, a leftist activist and a member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party who was shot on 24 January 2015 by security forces during a rally in Cairo's Talaat Harb Square.

"As the Constitution Party spokesperson, I advise my members not to go to the streets and risk their lives," Dawood said, adding that he believes most Egyptians will stay at home on the day, which is already a national holiday.

"As a group of political parties, we took a decision not to take part in any street action of any kind because we are aware of this state of alertness by the security forces," Dawood said, adding that these parties do not want to be mixed up with Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests........

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