Egypt's revolution, 10 years on: What happened to 'bread, freedom & social justice'?

THE DEBATE
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Ten years on, we are examining the revolution that changed Egypt. The Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East and with it, several hardline leaders were swept aside. Today is the annual day of the police in Egypt and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presided over commemorations of the role of Egyptian law enforcement. A role that many activists say was at best heavy-handed back in 2011 and has continued the same way. 

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The scene a decade ago was so very different. The street demonstrations that were centred on Cairo's Tahrir Square gained such momentum that a people angry about poverty and corruption got the change they collectively called for. Hosni Mubarak, the military man who had ruled for 30 years, was forced to resign. The Egyptian people perhaps thought then that anything was possible. 

In this Debate we look at what happened next. And we're asking: why did Egypt's revolution fail to deliver the life to which the people still desperately aspire?

Produced by Mohamed Salem, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.

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