Egypt marks fifth Arab Spring Anniversary
Jan25, Cairo: It has been five years since the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt toppled president Hosni Mubarak's government in 2011.
On the fifth anniversary of the uprising, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi paid tribute to the protesters killed during the 18-day revolt that tried to revive "noble principles" and found a "new Egypt".
While adressing the crowd on Monday,Sisi said the 2011 uprising had deviated from its course and was forcibly hijacked for "personal gains and narrow interests". "Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday. We are building together a modern, developed and civilian state that upholds the values of democracy and freedom," he said of the two-and-a-half years since the removal of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.
"Democratic experiences don't mature overnight, but rather through a continuing and accumulative process," he said, before emphasising the need to exercise "responsible freedom" to avoid "destructive chaos".
Meanwhile, despite the successful overthrow of Mubarak's government, five years ago Egpyt has not witnessed much change in regards to freedom of expression and media freedom, journalists are still being detained for doing their jobs. And several activists have been arrested before the anniversary celebration started on Monday
The Oslo Times and Agencies