Egypt: Uprising anniversary marked by deaths

January 30, 2015
Anti-government protesters help an injured protester during a protest in front of the press syndicate in Cairo January 25, 2015.

At least a dozen anti-government protesters were shot dead by Egyptian security forces on the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.

More than 15 people were killed in Egypt on January 25 in anti-government protests marking the fourth anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The slaughter marks the bloodiest day of protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president in June, with security forces and plain-clothed police officers reportedly firing at demonstrators.

Tensions have been rising in Egypt with Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, shot dead on January 24 near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the revolt that ended Mubarak’s 30-year rule. She died shortly after being transferred to a Cairo hospital.

Mass protests are taking place in Cairo and other cities all across the country. Thousands have taken to the streets to call on people to revive the demands and spirit of the 2011 uprising. Authorities say the protests are led by the Anti-Coup Coalition, made up mainly of Muslim Brotherhood members.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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