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The Egyptian Revolution

After 21 days of protests, the 32-year regime of Egypt's ageing president Hosni Mubarak finally came to an end on the evening of 11 February 2011.

The roots of the revolution lay with a small group of educated internet bloggers using facebook groups and twitter to publicise their grievances across Egyptian society in the face of severe censorship of the press and the airwaves. They balked at their government's
inability to provide jobs, keep food prices down, increase the standard of living, increase
wages and stop police brutality.
Emboldened by the events in Tunisa, protests finally spilt onto the streets of Cairo and other cities. Cairo's Tahrir Square became a focal point for protesters who set up a vast tent city. Throughout the weeks of unrest, protesters of all ages and hues fought street battles with government supporters which caused hundreds of deaths and innumerable injuries.

For many, it was their first experience of freedom of expression and protest - a feeling that many said made them feel proud to be an Egyptian again. As numbers in the streets swelled and there was no sign of the more determined protesters clearing their encampment in the centre of Cairo the regime could no longer ignore the call of the people, despite small concessions that had been promised and an election that had been mooted for the future.

Finally, on the 11 February, Hosni Murbarack resigned, realising that he no longer enjoyed the tacit - and for his tottering regime essential - support of the top brass of the army. The protesters in downtown Cairo had won and millions of Egyptians celebrated the dawn of a new era - both for their country and, as many hoped, for the Arab world in general.
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