Sydney protest for freedom in Egypt
On Sunday 24 January, a group of Egyptian Australians, part of the International Coalition for Egyptians Abroad (ICEGA) protested outside the Egyptian Consulate in Sydney, Australia in commemoration of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 during the ‘Arab Spring’.
The military tried to brutally suppress the freedom fight of the people, killing a large number of people including the ones at Rabaa Aldawia massacre and putting thousands into jails.
Until today, the military remains behind the scenes, and in full control of everything in Egypt hindering the efforts of the Egyptian revolution and destroy all hopes of democracy.
The protests every year on this day raise the hope of the Egyptian people in achieving justice by overthrowing the corrupt Egyptian military dictatorship and achieving freedom and peace in Egypt.
The revolution began 25 January 2011 in line with the simmering Arab Spring in neighbouring countries, and quickly spread across the whole country, gathering millions of Egyptian protestors on streets seeking freedom.
Inspired by the Tunisian revolt, tens of thousands of young Egyptians rallied for 18 days of unprecedented street protests in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and elsewhere in 2011, fighting against the monopolisation of power, as well as rising poverty and youth unemployment.
The revolution has since devolved into a continuing crisis, plunging Egypt in protests, political deficit, violence and waves of brutal oppression.
At the time, the demands were simple enough. They consisted of socio-economic reforms and the aim to overthrow the long time Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Mubarak, ruled Egypt for almost 30 years until he was finally overthrown by the Egyptian people during the 2011 revolution and later establishment of a democratically elected government led by President Mohamed Morsi.
Yet the generation that claimed the streets against long-stagnant politics would soon be pushed aside by an intense conflict that pitted the military and secular parties against Egyptian activists.
Military leader Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s rise to power pinnacled in the 2013 coup that overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, two years after the revolution.