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Not for the first time at the beginning of 2011 the Egyptians decided to stand for their rights as a nation. After a series of peace protests and demonstrations the revolts grew into a civil war, in which around 840 people died and more than 5,000 were seriously injured. Was it worth it? Did anything change in Egypt?
The 2011 Egyptian Revolution was a turning point for this nation, fighting for a change. After thirty years under the rule of the same leader, the Egyptians felt strong and resolved to protect themselves against the oppression and the corruption in the African country. Their demands were not unattainable. The primary aim was to end the regime of the president Hosni Mubarak and the emergency law that gave unlimited power to the government and to the police. Did they succeed and what was to be Egypt’s fate?
On 11 February 2011 at 6 p.m local time Mubarak’s resignation was announced. This historical moment put an end to the governance than continued for more than a quarter of a century. Although the Egyptians managed to break the chains of the president’s regime, the country was faced with another problem – which road to take.
The authority was transferred to Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Chairmen of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. But despite everything, the protests of the citizens continued. The participants in the mass demonstrations in Cairo were hostile against the new rule, because their demands were not fulfilled. In the ill-fated Tahrir Square in the capital, hundreds of people continued to fall victims of their own desire to begin a new era in the history of Egypt.
The world leaders reacted positively to the tragic, but crucial events in the North African country, acknowledging the strength of the Egyptians, who according to the journalist Mohamed Hiakal “have become stronger than the regime itself.” In an interview, the US president Barack Obama said: “We should bring our children to become like Egyptian Youth”.
The society all around the world was following the news – the news about the nation, which will go down in history as the people fighting for justice and equality, things which are taken for granted in the 21st century, but which, unfortunately, are not allowed everywhere.
The country has not recovered yet, and hardly will it soon surmount the bygone year of protests and violence. But the ray of hope of the Egyptian nation that one day they will get what is theirs, has not died away. The radical revolution, kindled in cyberspace a year ago, cannot be extinguished so easily.
Now the Egyptians are reaping the fruits of their drastic actions. On 1 January 2012 the first freely-elected parliament in decades was chosen by the citizens. The next step for the progress of the Egyptian nation is the future presidential election in March 2012.
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